I was waiting for a CT scan of my broken right foot this morning at the hospital, and on the cover of TIME magazine was an article about "The Singularity". It has a picture of a human head with a wire going into the spine, kinda like The Matrix, so I decided to see what the hell it was. The article is here. For those of you who live under a rock (like me, apparently) and don't know what the fuck that refers to, it's basically like The Terminator: the point at which computers equal then surpass human intelligence. Apparently, there are some seriously smart motherfuckers that say it's not if, it's when. One of the major proponents of The Singularity, a man named Raymond Kurzweil, states that the power and speed of technology roughly doubles every two years, and that remains constant even when back tracking through the Industrial Revolution. He claims that in 2045, computer intelligence will surpass ALL of combined human intelligence, and because of that, the superintelligence at that point will be able to build even smarter versions of itself. It will be the end of the human era as anyone has ever known it. There are institutes devoted to this stuff, like The Singularity Institute. There is a University (!) devoted to it, hosted by NASA, funded in part by one of the guys who started Google: Singularity University. I remember on the old board someone talking about some stupid shit he did, saying how it was "next level shit". You want next level? This sure looks like the real deal. There are so many possible focus ideas here, I don't even know where to start. I know many members of this board are by FAR superior to me in technical shit, so I'd like Nett Data et al to take over this stuff. I can grasp the incredible changes in technology because they are like the incredible changes in medicine, but the directions this thread could go are limitless.