I have been intrigued by the work of Dr. Ray Kurzweil for several years. He is the well-known inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other things. He is also a fellow documentarian and recently released the groundbreaking film Singularity. If you are not familiar with it, watch the video above or check out the Singularity Institute.
Dr Kurzweil believes the moment when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence will happen in the coming decades, very possibly during your lifetime. Why am I so interested in Singularity? I see it as the key to the continued success of the human race. If we are going to share the planet with other “beings” that we are creating, we better build trust into the design. If we don’t, we may not have a future. Think about famous movies like the “Terminator ” or ”2011″. If we are not careful we may be enabling our own extinction by creating more intelligent robots and organisms than ourselves. Call it integrity, morality, or values; what we will need is mutual trust and respect between them and us. How will this be done? Who is working on it? How can we expect these new beings to get it right when we are not very good at it ourselves?
I recently asked Dr Kurzweil to participate in the Trust Tour documentary. I hope to be discussing these issues with him in person. I trust it will work out… Stay tuned!