Found this interesting too...The Singularity Movement is predicting an immortal future for humanityhttp://www.pntoday.com/2011/03/01/the-s ... -humanity/
[quote]“This is coming,” Snyder said. “This is something I can believe in.”
Organizations such as NASA and Google along with people like Kurzweil and Peter Thiel, a former CEO of PayPal, have set up institutions to study this movement. The Singularity University and a Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence were set up for people to study AI to hopefully create and understand hyper-intelligent artificial intelligences.
Today, AIs are only able to master one very specific domain such as answering search questions, like Google, and playing strategy games like chess or checkers. They can’t evaluate ethical situations or make clever remarks at parties.
These AI are intelligent but not in the way Kurzweil wants them to be. Kurzweil wants to be able to have strong AIs.
Strong AIs are defined as artificial thought processes that are equal to or exceed that of human brain. These AIs can reason, represent knowledge, plan, learn, and apply the listed skills to set and complete goals. Strong artificial intelligences would most likely be sentient, to be aware and conscious of emotions and thoughts, although it is impossible to say whether the machines would feel.[/quote]