We’ve got great news if you’re in love with your phone ― the technological singularity will happen sometime in the next thirty years. Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that by 2029 computers will achieve human levels of intelligence. Which is no surprise considering computers can already do things greater than humans in certain areas.
Kurzweil has a proven track record in predicting the future. It makes sense that humans will soon merge with technology but other thought leaders like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking worry that merging with technology could threaten humanity.
The question of whether or not humanity would be improved or ruined by self aware technology is an age old one. It’s the subject of many feature films, think piece articles, and countless hours of research at tech companies.
The reality of the singularity will likely be rather gradual. Already we’re seeing technology slowly merge with daily human processes with wearable tech that tracks fitness and brain function. So if you’re envisioning singularity as an oncoming wave of change you might be disappointed. It’s more likely to be a gradual tide change.
Either way, it’ll be pretty dope to have Apple pay in your finger though, right?