AI not replacing, but augmenting, empowering humans

June 22, 2015

Brave new world. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years, he said. For good measure, he made a reference to a Columbia University study. It suggested that with a fleet of 9,000 autonomous cars, Uber could replace every tax cab in New York city. Passengers would wait an average of 36 seconds for a ride that costs about 50 cents per mile.

This builds on computer scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil’s long held belief on what the future holds for humans and artificial intelligence convergence.

“We are going to directly merge with it. We are going to become AI,” he said. Current exponential growth of computing will continue until human level intelligence is achieved around year 2029.

Progression of technology — internet to social, mobile, cloud, to big data analytics — when combined with accelerators like 3D printing to renewable energy, internet of things, cognitive systems, and robotics shall provide for a disruptive scenario. […]

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