Ray Kurzweil makes new predictions in new book
Kurzweil is predicting that new technologies (following Moore’s Law for doubling the number of transistors every two years given a particular footprint of microchip) will continue its exponential curve and allow us to tie into the internet through our brain’s neocortex within 25 years.
Humans will become capable of feats that now seem impossible — for many of us, in our lifetime — in large part due to expected advances in brain research, posits the inventor and author in his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, due out next month.
In The Age of Spiritual Machines, which he says he wrote in the mid to late 1990s, back when nearly everyone used dial-up modems, he outlined his visions for 2009. He wrote about the widespread use of portable computers, mobile devices without keyboards, the adoption of digital music, movies and books, the implementation of facial recognition technology, and distance learning.
A transition toward a cyborg future in which society accepts becoming part human, part computer may seem beyond belief, but Kurzweil doesn’t think so. He points to present-day medical treatments that already involve brain implants of electronic devices and argues similar procedures could become common among the healthy, too.