Ray Kurzweil’s Vision of the Future

According to Lev Grossman writing in Time magazine (21 Feb 2011):

In (Ray) Kurzweil’s (futurist, technologist, and transhumanist) future (after the singularity or moment when technological change becomes so rapid it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history, approximate date 2045), biotechnology and nanotechnology give us the power to manipulate our bodies and the world around us at will, at the molecular level.  Progress hyperaccelerates, and every hour brings a century’s worth of scientific break-throughs.  We ditch Darwin and take charge of our own evolution.  The human genome becomes just so much code to be bug-tested and optimized and, if necessary, rewritten.  Indefinite life extension becomes a reality; people die only if they choose to.  Death loses its sting once and for all. 

Ray Kurzweil Has a Radical Vision of the Future

We can scan our consciousnesses into computers and enter a vitual existence or swap our bodies for immortal robots and light out for the edges as space as intergalactic godlings.  Within a matter of centuries, human intelligence will have re-engineered and saturated all the matter in the universe.  This is, Kurzweil believes, our destiny as a species.

Also see:  https://rogerdhansen.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/questions-for-ray-kurzwell

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One Response to Ray Kurzweil’s Vision of the Future

  1. rogerdhansen says:

    Stuart Smith, wrote the following (28 Feb 2011) in response to Lev Grossman’s article: “My problem with Grossman’s article is not the exponential technological theories of Kursweil but the implications such theories have for the population of the Earth. The planet is already in dire need of new, sustainable systems, a need that is only slowly being and very recently being addressed. If technology develops at an exponential rate yet our development of sustainable agricultural and environmental practices lags behind, where will the Earth be in 2045.”

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