The singularity is that point in time when all the advances in technology, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI), will lead to machines that are smarter than human beings. Kurzweil's timetable for the singularity is consistent with other predictions,– notably those of Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son, who predicts that the dawn of super-intelligent machines will happen by 2047. But for Kurzweil, the process towards this singularity has already begun.
Before you get to know the answer to what is singularity, just make yourself think something about future. Have you ever imagined a creature on land that will be teaching its next-generation "once upon a time there existed human beings?" If not, then time has come for you to start contemplating about non-human successors; because Google's Chief engineering Ray Kurzweil has predicted the happening of singularity in 2045, and it will change the present mode of human life on Earth.
Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is a well-known futurist with a track record for accurate predictions. Kurzweil said, "The year 2029 is the consistent date I've predicted, when an artificial intelligence will pass a valid Turing test -- achieving human levels of intelligence. "I have also set the date 2045 for singularity -- which is when humans will multiply our effective intelligence a billion fold, by merging with the intelligence we have created." "By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence," Kurzweil said. Singularity is that point in time when all advances in technology, particularly in artificial intelligence, will lead to machines smarter than human beings.
Ray Kurzweil's impact on my life in general but especially on what I have been doing for the past 3 or 4 years is hard to exaggerate. It is a simple fact that, if I haven't read his seminal book The Singularity is Near, I would be neither blogging nor podcasting about exponential technologies, not to mention going to Singularity University. And so it was with great excitement and some trepidation that I went to interview Dr. Kurzweil in his office in Boston. Part of my trepidation came from some technical concerns: I wish I could buy a better camera. I wish I could hire a team of audio and video professionals so that I can focus on the interview itself.