Futurist Ray Kurzweil, a former Google engineer, predicted that humans would achieve “immortality” within eight years. Kurzweil said advances in nanotechnology and robotics will lead to “nanobots” that fight aging. Kurzweil stated that these minit robots will repair damaged cells and tissues that deteriorate as the body ages, and suggested that they will make people immune to diseases such as cancer.
American engineer Ray Kurzweil, who rose to prominence with his accurate predictions about the future, was hired by Google in 2012 to “work on new projects around machine learning and language processing,” but he had been making predictions about technological developments much earlier.
Kurzweil predicted in 1990 that the world’s best chess player would be beaten by a computer by 2000, and this came true in 1997 when Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov.
In 1999, Kurzweil said that by 2023, a thousand-dollar laptop will have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain, and this prediction has already come true.
Now a former Google engineer believes the technology will become so powerful that he has suggested that this state of affairs called “singularity” will help people live forever. “Singularity” is expressed as a concept describing a theoretical point where artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.
Author Kurzweil, who describes himself as a futurist, said he predicts the technological singularity will occur by 2045 and that artificial intelligence will pass a valid Turing test by 2029. The Turing test is a test that measures the ability of a machine to perform behavior equivalent to or indistinguishable from that of a human.
Kurweil noted that machines are already making people smarter, and connecting them to the human brain will help people think smarter. We’ll have more neocortex, we’ll be funnier, we’ll be better at music. We will be more attractive. Everything that we appreciate in people, we will really experience on a larger scale.” he said.
Kurzweil also said nanomachines could be implanted into the human body, making them “immortal.”
“Ultimately, this will affect everything,” Kurzweil said. We will be able to meet the physical needs of all people. This process began centuries ago with simple devices such as glasses and ear trumpets that could significantly improve human life. Then came life-saving devices such as pacemakers and dialysis machines.
By the second decade of the 21st century, we have grown organs in laboratories. In the next eight years we will see nanobots that fight aging. Nanobots repair damaged cells and tissues that deteriorate as the body ages. In this way, people are protected against deadly diseases such as cancer,” he said.