According to noted futurist, keyboard dude and flatbed-scanner inventor Ray Kurzweil, "We won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century - it will be more like 20,000 years of progress at today's rate. Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to the Singularity: technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history." Kurzweil mentions the DARPA Grand Challenge as evidence of this. In '04, nobody finished. In '05, four vehicles finished, and in '07, the cars are moving to the mean streats of Palo Alto and will have to obey traffic laws. Plus, death will become a soluble problem.
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