Google announced “AutoPilot” yesterday. Their CADIE technology is a huge step towards technological singularity. Love it or hate it, technology is taking over our lives and as log as we embrace the conveniences it affords us, we will continue this stalwart march towards singularity.
Ray Kurzweill, the foremost authority on predicting the future claims that a $1000 computer will have greater calculating power than the human brain by 2023 and singularity (when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence) will happen around 2045. Considering that he has be spot on with virtually all of his previous predictions for the future, including the year that Big Blue would beat Gary Kasparoff, its no wonder that Bill gates considers him the most trustworthy predictor of the future.
Wikipedia — The technological singularity is a theoretical future point that takes place during a period of unprecedented technological progress sometime after the creation of a Superintelligence .
Statistician I. J. Good first wrote of an “intelligence explosion,” suggesting that if machines could even slightly surpass human intellect, they could improve their own designs in ways unforeseen by their designers, and thus recursively augment themselves into far greater intelligences. The first such improvements might be small, but as the machine became more intelligent it would become better at becoming more intelligent, which could lead to an exponential and quite sudden growth in intelligence… [full wikition]