Ray Kurzweil’s 2006 book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology has become one of the signposts toward a specific type of future that should be put into the same category as Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World … except that Kurzweil’s book does not hide behind the guise of fiction.
Over the course of 600+ pages, The Singularity is Near chronicles the developments in science that herald a day of Transhumans – people who have crossed biological boundaries to merge with machines in order to reach the next stage of evolution, and perhaps even immortality.
Kurzweil, now Google’s director of engineering, has since expanded upon his concepts with projects such as The Human Body Version 2.0 where medical nanobots become commonplace to cure sickness and imperfections at the molecular level, as well as communicate with cloud computing to program and reprogram the human organism.
Whether or not we truly can digitize consciousness into an immortal virtual reality is certainly up for debate (read Jon Rappoport’s deconstruction of that possibility here), but undoubtedly when it comes to the building blocks of nature, we already are beginning to utilize new technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, quantum computing and 3D printing that fundamentally alter those properties.
In his latest forecast of the future, Kurzweil engages in a Q&A with Singularity University that is well worth the listen as we embark on what today might seem like science fiction, but given Kurzweil’s previous accurate predictions should be viewed with an open mind about where we are headed.
Is this a future you are looking forward to?