Artificial Intelligence, The Future

Overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Machine Intelligence in the Future

Visit Ray Kurzweil's web site Will computers someday be conscious? (see cartoon above) Can we become nearly immortal through nanotechnology? What will become of the human race if machines become more intelligent than humans? Consider these excerpts from a 1990s essay written by Theodore Kaczynski (reference below) What flaws do you see in these statements? All the quoted passages above come from the essay Industrial Society and Its Future aka the "Unabomber Manifesto" (see Section 23, "The Future")

In his essay "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us", Bill Joy, the founder of Sun Microsystems, writes

Interestingly, there is a common thread among five of the persons identified in this section: Bill Joy was originally inspired to write this Wired magazine article by a barroom conversation with Ray Kurzweil (Singularity) and John Searle (Chinese Room). Kurzweil was about to publish his seminal book The Age of Spiritual Machines, which contained the above passages from Theodore Kaczynski. Joy repeats them in his article. David Gelernter was one of Kaczynski's bombing victims. Gelernter recovered (although not completely) and is still professor of computer science at Yale.