In the Silicon Valley Business Journal is an article about Google engineering director and accomplished futurist Ray Kurzweil.
He believes that by 2040 we will have functional immortality. I assume this means that the body dies, but the mind lives on in the cloud or on a chip, or both.
(It is useful to remember that people who create anything—a book, a song, a painting, a recipe, a letter, a craft—have been having a version of functional immortality since the dawn of time.)
This new way, however, means that everything gets saved—at least if I am understanding it correctly. All the memories, all the accomplishments, all the cat videos you’ve liked on Facebook. That would take a big cloud
Ever lost for words? There will be an app for that
When you can jack your mind directly into machines is when things will get interesting. Here is an example:
You’re at a party and someone says something to you and you try to come up with a witty comeback. Now, you’re not likely to be able to do it unless you’re particularly quick-witted — maybe only thinking of something to say hours later, to your great regret.
In the future, Kurzweil said, you’ll be able to query your connected artificial intelligence with a thought, and it will distill the perfect retort for you from the totality of linguistic info online in seconds. Thus he envisions an AI that isn’t so much a robot, but more a much, much smarter version of yourself.
I like to imagine this party in full swing, everyone accessing artificial intelligence from their glasses or earrings or watches, or from a chip directly implanted in the brains. They wait a split second, then come up with the perfect comeback, the perfect pickup line, the perfect insight.
Does anybody else see this party as something Monty Python might have thought up on one of their really inspired days?