The event at which I moderated the discussion about Ray Kurzweil’s book was the 1998 George Gilder Telecosm conference.
“The brain is not billions of little computers. It vastly exceeds the most powerful computers in efficiency but it is not directed to calculation as such.”
Is the “singularity” coming, as Kurzweil argues there and elsewhere, when machines equal and then quickly surpass human intelligence?
Peter Thiel assailed the “Atheist Church,” as he calls the universities, calling for outsiders to push for a reformation that the academic priesthood will never undertake on its own.
An observation by Rowan Williams, that many of us “don’t want to be human,” is a profound insight.