Humans and AI could merge by 2029 if Google’s AI and futurism guru Ray Kurzweil is to be believed.
Speaking in a Q&A session at the Council for Foreign Relations Kurzwell painted a picture of the world that seems rather different than what we hear on headlines on the news or from AI naysayers like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. Amongst claims that the world is at its most peaceful in the history of civilisation, and that hunger and poverty are at an all-time-low,
He also perceives that AI will become a part of the natural order as humans evolve beyond biology to implementing technology right into our own bodies. Kurzweil believes that “medical robots will go inside our brain and connect our neo-cortex to the smart cloud,” and that’s all slated to happen by 2029.
It may be hard to believe Kurzweil’s words, but he isn’t some schmuck making wild predictions. As Google’s AI guru he’s working with one of the most advanced AI systems in the world on a near-daily basis. He’s also not the first to suggest that a merging of mankind and AI would be a benefit to society.
It’s worth noting that, no matter how crazy Kurzweil’s words may sound, he’s correct about his many predictions – around 80% of the time, in fact. So, even if you don’t think it’s possible to have your brain connected to an AI service so you can just think up a question you want an answer to instead of saying it aloud to your phone, less than five years ago we couldn’t even say it to our phones aloud in the first place.
Some of us may fear the arrival of AI in the mainstream but, the fact of the matter is, most of us won’t even notice it’s creep into our lives in the first place – especially if it provides a useful service. Kurzweil’s words may sound like a scary future, but it’s one many of us will likely embrace. Still, I can’t quite imagine not even being 40 when this all comes to pass.