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Here are various clips from an informal meeting in Japan between psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein and Repliee Q1, a beautiful and lifelike android.
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by Andres, on December 24 2007:
In the last 24 seconds of this video (from 1:51 to 2:14), they're pondering the coming Technological Singularity. The statement is as follows:

"..the problem is what happens after the Singularity. And no one seems to know that. A lot of people think about this but they don't know. Because if we do reach the point of the Singularity, everything changes. Everything changes the next day."

On this idea, here are Kurzweil's thoughts:

"This, then, is the Singularity. The Singularity is technological change so rapid and so profound that it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. Some would say that we cannot comprehend the Singularity, at least with our current level of understanding, and that it is impossible, therefore, to look past its "event horizon" and make sense of what lies beyond.

My view is that despite our profound limitations of thought, constrained as we are today to a mere hundred trillion interneuronal connections in our biological brains, we nonetheless have sufficient powers of abstraction to make meaningful statements about the nature of life after the Singularity. Most importantly, it is my view that the intelligence that will emerge will continue to represent the human civilization, which is already a human-machine civilization. This will be the next step in evolution, the next high level paradigm shift."

If you want to learn more about the Singularity, I recommend you read the Law of Accelerating Returns available here:
http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0134.html?printable=1


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