Saturday, December 4, 2010

Michio Kaku on the Technological Singularity (Video) *If you can't beat the machines, merge with them!*

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Will humans and machines merge?
Is the technological singularity inevitable?


Michio Kaku on the Technological Singularity

The Technological Singularity This turning point happens when humans create a superhuman artificial intelligence. That is, humans create a machine smarter than themselves. Wikipedia states, "A technological singularity is a hypothetical event occurring when technological progress becomes so rapid that it makes the future after the singularity qualitatively different and harder to predict. Many of the most recognized writers on the singularity, such as Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, define the concept in terms of the technological
creation of superintelligence, and allege that a post-singularity world would be unpredictable to humans due to an inability of human begins to imagine the intentions or capabilities of superintelligent entities."

In the video below, physicist Michio Kaku presents his view of the technological singularity, "a time when computer power grows without limit, surpassing human intelligence, sweeping aside everything in its path." Further, "when the singularity arrives, we cannot predict what these superintelligent machines will do. They will have their own goals and stop at nothing to fulfill them. They may even choose to eliminate everything that stands in their path, including us."

Kaku asks "What happens when the machines become smarter than us?" He then presents his solution: "embrace the singularity, merge with them". That is, digitize all the information from human brains, upload the information into a "mother computer" (or mother of all computers?), and create a "vast database of all human knowledge". Conversely, information could be downloaded into humans for "instant knowledge". Kaku then concludes, "So when the singularity arrives, we will be in control. By merging with machines, we will enter a new age of superhuman existence. In the post-human era, we become homo superior. We become a new species. We're talking about humanity becoming like the gods."

This solution is contingent on humans being able to merge with machines before the technological singularity occurs, of course. 

Video Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discusses his thoughts and solution to the Singularity. Excerpt from the tv series Sci Fi Science.



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