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Looking forward to Transcendence the movie

I’ve just seen the trailer for upcoming sci-fi movie Transcendence (embedded below) and I can’t wait for the 18 April release date. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a movie. Transcendence is about one of my favourite subjects – the point when humans escape the limitations of our physical form, […]

The difference between brains and computers

I believe that within my lifetime processors will get powerful enough and software good enough that we will see computers that emulate human brains and pass the Turing Test (for more detail see my earlier posts Kurzweil predicts we will reverse engineer the human brain using software, Kurzweil predicts computers with the power of the […]

Scientists create artificial brain with 2.3m simulated neurons

One of Ray Kurzweil’s central predictions is that we will create software that emulates the human mind by reverse engineering the human brain. I think that is a sensible prediction – at some point in the not too distant future we will have the hardware, and after that it is just a question of […]

Your brain peaked when you were twenty–what to do?

This is one of my occasional health related posts.

The next area of focus for me as I seek to slow the process of ageing is the brain. Physical fitness is a pre-condition for mental longevity, so I was right to start there, but the statistics (such as they are) on the physical decline […]

Software will eat the *whole* world

Back in August Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal explaining why Software is eating the world. His main observation was that the fastest growing companies in almost all industries are betting their future on software. He gave several examples of which the best two from a breadth of industry perspective […]

The counter arguments to Kurzweil’s Singularity thesis

This is the sixth and final post in a series summarising the key arguments of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is near: When humans transcend biology.  The previous posts were:

Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and the accelerating pace of progress, Kurzweil predicts personal computers with the power of the human brain by 2025, and Kurzwil […]

Kurzweil part 5 – the impact

This is the fifth post in a series summarising the key arguments of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is near: When humans transcend biology.  The previous posts were:

Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and the accelerating pace of progress, Kurzweil predicts personal computers with the power of the human brain by 2025, and Kurzwil predicts we […]

Kurzweil on coming revolutions in genetics, nanotech and robotics (strong AI)

This is the fourth post in a series summarising the key arguments of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is near: When humans transcend biology.  The previous posts were:

Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and the accelerating pace of progress, Kurzweil predicts personal computers with the power of the human brain by 2025, and Kurzwil predicts […]

Kurzweil predicts we will create software that emulates the human mind by reverse engineering the human brain

This is the third post in a series summarising the key arguments of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is near: When humans transcend biology.  The previous posts were: Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and the accelerating pace of progress and Kurzweil predicts personal computers with the power of the human brain by 2025.

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Kurzweil predicts personal computers with the power of the human brain by 2025

This is the second post in a series summarising the key arguments of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is near: When humans transcend biology.  The first post entitled Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and the accelerating pace of progress can be found here.

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The second idea I’m going to pick out from The Singularity […]