So I just finished PW Singer's new book Wired for War about Robotics/AI/Technology and how it will affect warfare in the 21st century. In one section he interviews Ray Kurzweil, of whose theories I've become acquainted with over the last couple of years. If you haven't heard of him before then you get read up here. He basically argues that exponential trends will allow for us to reach the Singularity, when Machine Intelligence will become super powerful in its computing and thinking capacity. I've become slightly fascinated with this concept, and Kurzweil places an estimate of 2045 as the date it will become reality, give or take a few years. Belief in the Singularity strikes me as almost a sort of scientific religious belief, except in this case Kurzweil is extrapolating past trends into making assumptions about future developments, which he's had tremendous success with in the past. What do you guys think? I'm sort of intrigued with his ideas, because if true it would mean that we could become essentially immortal and merge with machines by the middle of the 21st century (which would be super cool).