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Ray Kurzweil is the Director of Engineering for Google, but he may as well be considered the next Nostradamus. In the 1990s, he made 147 predictions about the future, and about 86 percent turned out to be correct.
Now, he’s predicting that within the next two decades, our brains will be connected to the cloud. He believes our brains will eventually be connected to thousands of computers that will augment our intelligence through nanobots. In layman’s terms, he predicts our thinking will one day be part “biological” and one part “non-biologicial.”
Should we take his theory seriously? Here are some of his past predictions for the year 2009:
Big time futurists are voicing their concerns about Kurzweil's latest prediction, including Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.
"Success in creating artificial intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last," Hawking said. While Elon Musk called the rise of artificial intelligence the “biggest existential threat to humans” and compared it to “summoning the demon” that will destroy us.
Japanese robotics company Softbank has already launched their own robots, including the household robot ‘Pepper’ and business robot ‘Asra C1.’ Softbank predicts it will take more than 100 years before our brains will be directly connected to computers.