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  • Oops! Sorry, I forgot to explain that these are all extracts from singularitarian and AI guru Ray Kurzweil's 2005 book "The Singularity is Near"

    January 22, 2009

  • OK, Scion, I've read all the quotes and was duly amused/disturbed at the notion of such AI developments, but I still have no idea what is meant by kurzweiliana. I know the German word kurzweilig ("entertaining") and I know the great composer Kurt Weil (and was sort of hoping this page referred to Kurt-Weiliana), but I am clearly missing something here. Please enlighten.

    January 22, 2009

  • "Two machines - or one million machines - can join together to become one and then become separate again. Multiple machines can do both at the same time: become one and separate simultaneously. Humans call this falling in love, but our biological ability to do this is fleeting and unreliable."

    January 21, 2009

  • "For information technologies, there is a second level of exponential growth: that is, exponential growth in the rate of exponential growth".

    A breathtakingly audacious claim. Without a scintilla of evidence provided to justify it. (Graphs where the future has been conveniently 'filled in' do not count as evidence, and are nothing more than an embarrassment)

    January 21, 2009

  • Kwotes from the krazy:

    "We will have the requisite hardware to emulate human intelligence with supercomputers by the end of this decade."

    Hmmm. Wonder how that's coming along. Here is Tom Vanderbilt, author of "Traffic", three years after the statement above was written -

    "It took a group of some of the world's leading robotics researchers years of work to come up with an autonomous vehicle that, while clever and adept at certain driving tasks, would quickly go haywire in real traffic."

    January 21, 2009