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. I have set the date 2045 for the ‘Singularity’ which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence a billion fold by merging with the intelligence we have created.
Opportunities for small, affordable robots are burgeoning throughout sectors like manufacturing, distribution, security, healthcare, and for home users.Cost-effective, teachable, collaborative robots can now work safely alongside people in factories or packaging areas; mobile robots are taking on burdensome fetching and carrying tasks in distribution centres; and roving or airborne robots could soon be handling deliveries autonomously.01:1802:38spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster↑↓volume mmute←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60%For your chance to win the new Keysight Technologies scope, click here.In healthcare, robotic technologies are harnessed for remote surgery, and to control prosthetic limbs. Homeowners are already coexisting with small robots that handle the vacuum cleaning and lawn mowing, while the advent of home digital assistants could lead on to even more sophisticated robotic home-help.The availability of increasingly powerful processor ICs, at lower prices with each new generation thanks to Moore’s law, is a major factor in the emergence of affordable, flexible robotics. But as these gains allow the machines to become smaller, perform better, be more dextrous, and mobile, hardware such as cabling and connectors must meet more exacting specifications.
The boundaries between person and machine are becoming difficult to define. Human brains power robotic limbs; an artificially intelligent machine serves as the manager for tens of thousands of workers; chatbots act as digital replicas of us. Humanity is, in effect, getting an upgrade.What were once capabilities thought unique to humans are now powering technologies that could offer the ability to extend and deepen our lives—or supplant our livelihoods.
Source: Machines with Brains — Quartz
While the word “cyborg” is still more closely aligned with science-fiction, more and more people are augmenting their bodies with technology. Many of these augmentations correct limitations, like this Star Wars inspired prosthetic arm, or these exoskeletons designed to give paralyzed people improved functionality. However, the next wave of available augmentations could focus on enhancing human capabilities, both physically and cognitively, beyond what is biologically possible. Tech wizards like Elon Musk and Bryan Johnson are working on systems that would integrate the human brain with computers, making the subject smarter.