Google launched it’s personalized job search function in the U.S. today as part of its efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in everything it does. Now, you can search for jobs that you prefer without the hassle of going through multiple sites and job boards.
Kurzweil continues to share his visions for the future, and his latest prediction was made at the most recent SXSW Conference, where he claimed that the Singularity — the moment when technology becomes smarter than humans — will happen by 2045. Sixteen years prior to that, it will be just as smart as us. As he told Futurism, “2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence.”
Initially, the BCIs will be used for medical research, but the ultimate goal is to prevent humans from becoming obsolete, by enabling people to merge with artificial intelligence.While these may seem like lofty goals, Musk is not the only one who’s trying to bring humans closer to machines. Here are five companies that have doubled down on hacking the brain.
ack in September, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – the philanthropic company set up by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan – set a goal to invest $3 billion to cure, prevent, and manage disease by the end of the century.
Researchers have built an artificial neuron
This became even more interesting when researchers sequenced the Neanderthal. Neanderthals are thought to have had larger brains than modern humans, based on skull size. Coincidentally, they also appear to have had ~300 DUF1220 domains.So researchers began to look for correlations within the human species, and found some. The number of DUF1220s correlates strongly with “cognitive function” (based on total IQ and mathematical aptitude tests), but also with the severity of autism (though it doesn’t seem to actually cause autism). And now, DUF1220 copy number has been linked to schizophrenia, fueling the idea that autism and schizophrenia are diametrically opposed diseases.
The human brain is thought to work at a rate of a quadrillion operations per second. In 20 to 30 years, we should be able to buy desktop machines with that kind of processing power. Combine that sort of processing power with new algorithms on the horizon, and the second intelligent species will arrive soon enough. The next big breakthrough we may see is more and more intelligent AI assistants, and then generalized computer vision.Q: One of your premises is that our automation obsession will result in millions of newly unemployed workers. Don’t you think this will create a backlash?A: Let’s take big-rig truck drivers in the United States as an example. There are about 1.5 million of them, and they cost the economy more than $100 billion per year, or about $1,000 per U.S. household. Self-driving trucks will soon arrive, and all of these truck drivers will lose their jobs. Society will be happy because the price of everything will fall.Q: Still, many find these projections unsettling. How do we convince people that technology isn’t something to fear?A: Technology is great, not something to fear. … Once robots are doing all the work, humanity should be able to go on perpetual vacation. However, the way the economy is structured right now, all of the new wealth from robotic labor goes to the billionaires, instead of to society as a whole. We need to fear the greed of billionaires – the top 0.1 percent. This is why the title of my next book is, “It is Time to Kill the Billionaire.”