Why the singularity is so much further away than you think [Technical.ly Podcast]

As a good rule, when we make a bet as to how advanced we will be in the future, we overshoot.Insert here a reference to the Back to the Future movie franchise, which was partly set in oh-so-futuristic 2015. So the smart money is on the idea that we’re generations away from truly sentient artificial intelligence, a moment called the technological singularity, as popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil, though others had used the phrase before. “You can’t just plot the moment on a map for 2015,” said Youngmoo Kim, the mild-mannered Drexel University electrical engineering professor and director of its cross-displinary ExCITe Center. “It’s never that simple.” Kim is cautious in his predictions of an impending machine takeover, as he shares in this month’s Technical.ly Podcast — recorded live as part of the third annual Philadelphia Podcast…


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