Former Google engineer and eminent futurist Ray Kurzweil has predicted that humans will achieve immortality with the help of nanorobots in just seven years.
The 75-year-old computer scientist, who received the National Medal of Technology in 1999 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2022, made this shocking prediction in recent decades. Comments from him resurfaced online in two parts. youtube series by tech blogger Adagio.
The videos, which have collectively racked up thousands of views, revisit claims Kurzweil made in his 2005 book, ‘The singularity is near’. He predicted that the technology will enable humans to achieve eternal life by 2030. He also stated that current advances and the expansion being seen in genetics, robotics, and nanotechnology will allow nanorobots to course through our veins in the near future.
According to the New York Postthe former Google engineer had also previously said that “2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid (Alan) Turing test and thus reach human levels of intelligence.”
“I have set the date 2045 for the ‘Singularity,’ which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence by 1 billion by merging with the (artificial) intelligence we have created,” he added.
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According to Kurzweil, in less than a decade, humans will also have created technology to fend off aging and disease with microscopic robots, sent to repair our bodies at the cellular level. He also claimed that such nanotechnology will even allow people to eat whatever they want while staying slim and energetic.
Now, according to MailWhile Mr. Kurzweil’s predictions seem a bit exaggerated to some, many of his previous claims have come true. He had predicted that consumers would be able to design their own clothes with precise measurements and style requirements from their home computers by 1999. He also said that the world’s best chess player would lose to a computer by the year 2000, and that people would wear laptops, in a wide range of sizes and shapes, for 2009.