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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Fun begins in 2029

Fun begins in 2029

Famous technologist and futurist Ray Kurzweil states: it’s going down by 2029, so be prepared to get digital on entirely new levels. According to Kurzweil, machines will have both the hardware and the software to achieve human level artificial intelligence by then. Kurzweil doesn’t expect Arnold style robots to be hanging around but thinks of it on the nano scale, with interfaces to enhance our own physiology and intelligence.

Source: BBC News.

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  1. 2029? I thought it was space odyssey 2001?! Oh no wait, that has already past and ever futurologist knows you have to project your prophecies 20-30 years in the future in order to get peoples attention.

    How do you compare machine intelligence with human intelligence? It is like comparing apples with pears. And how then do you choose a moment where one becomes ‘better’ than the other? Picking the year 2029 seems pretty ad hoc (although I agree it is a beautiful number).

  2. =A=

    That’s some list they have there:

    CHALLENGES FACING HUMANITY
    - Make solar energy affordable
    - Provide energy from fusion
    - Develop carbon sequestration
    - Manage the nitrogen cycle
    - Provide access to clean water
    - Reverse engineer the brain
    - Prevent nuclear terror
    - Secure cyberspace
    - Enhance virtual reality
    - Improve urban infrastructure
    - Advance health informatics
    - Engineer better medicines
    - Advance personalised learning
    - Explore natural frontiers

    What if we just all lay down our weapons, cry hAllahluja and start working together on this! This world could be a better place… :D

  3. inlogic

    2029? lol let alone 2090…
    According to Futurologists back in the 50′s we would be hovering over our cities with our personal-flying-cars and we would’ve terraformed mars..

  4. Very true inlogic. I’m still waiting for my jetpack!

  5. Jope

    The basic assumption that Kurzweil is making is that technology develops exponentcially.

    Without this premise nearly everything he says doesn’t seem realistic, but if he is right, we can be happy about very cool decades we will experience.