Then There Appears a Singular Being, Having the Head of a Man on the Body of a Fish

Kurzweil, Google Director of Eng, on connecting your brain to the cloud

The singularity will not be televised. There’s no need: you’ll learn the news that artificial intelligence has surpassed human intelligence immediately as it happens because your neocortex will be connected to the cloud.

Excerpts below are from the Futurism article, “Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045.”

Kurzweil’s quotes are like a mix between a cybernetics poem and a mantra. Especially the part about getting sexier.

First, the scene: it’s 2045. We are at the point where we have multiplied our effective intelligence a billion fold.

“putting them inside our brains

connecting them to the cloud

expanding who we are

they may not yet be inside our bodies,

we will connect our neocortex

the part of our brain where we do our thinking

we’re going to get more neocortex,

we’re going to be funnier

we’re going to be better at music

we’re going to be sexier.”

– Kurzweil

These quotes are from the SXSW interview. If you don’t know what SXSW is, neither did I. “Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW® is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture.

I generated an AI summary of this article. I selected the tone “empathetic”. The result was a little too empathetic for my liking.

According to Kurzweil, this transformative event will involve an integration of advanced technologies with our brains, leading to a tremendous augmentation of our intellectual capacities.

In this future scenario, our lives would be enriched in numerous ways, including our sense of humor, musical abilities, and overall appeal.

It is worth noting that the Singularity will not be broadcasted like a televised event. Instead, you will be instantaneously aware of the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence, thanks to the integration of your neocortex with the cloud.

Kurzweil’s reflections have a poetic and almost meditative quality, especially when he discusses the intriguing notion of becoming more attractive.