The event at which I moderated the discussion about Ray Kurzweil’s book was the 1998 George Gilder Telecosm conference.
World-class chess, Go, and Jeopardy-playing programs are impressive, but they prove nothing about whether computers can be made to achieve AGI.
The vision of technologically enhanced posthumanity arises out of a synthesis of scientific culture’s most robust mythologies.
Is the “singularity” coming, as Kurzweil argues there and elsewhere, when machines equal and then quickly surpass human intelligence?
Dr. Berlinski questions evolutionary understandings of language and expresses doubt as to what reproductive benefit could have accrued to “the first guy to master the Greek subjunctive.”