It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil. With the fact
that he takes 150 pills a day and is intravenously injected on a weekly
basis with a dizzying list of vitamins, dietary supplements, and
substances that sound about as scientifically effective as face cream:
coenzyme Q10, phosphatidycholine, glutathione?
With the fact that
he believes that he has a good chance of living for ever? He just has to
stay alive "long enough" to be around for when the great life-extending
technologies kick in (he's 66 and he believes that "some of the
baby-boomers will make it through"). Or with the fact that he's
predicted that in 15 years' time, computers are going to trump people.
That they will be smarter than we are. Not just better at doing sums
than us and knowing what the best route is to Basildon. They already do
that. But that they will be able to understand what we say, learn from
experience, crack jokes, tell stories, flirt. Ray Kurzweil believes
that, by 2029, computers will be able to do all the things that humans
do. Only better.
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