Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever ( Rodale Books, ISBN 1579549543), published in 2004, is a book authored by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman. The basic premise of the book is that if middle aged people can live long enough, until approximately 120, they will be able to live forever -- as we overcome all diseases and old age itself. This might also be considered a break-even scenario where developments made during a year increase life expectancy by more than one year. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fantastic Voyage (Kurzweil)"
Seed AI is an hypothesized type of strong artificial intelligence capable of recursive self-improvement. Seed AI would need to be able to redesign and enhance parts of its own programs in such a way that the improved version is capable of further improvements impossible or impractical to have been made by earlier versions. No such AI currently exists, but researchers are working to make seed AI a reality. ...more on Wikipedia about "Seed AI"
Singularitarianism is a moral philosophy based upon the belief that a technological singularity — the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence — is possible, advocating deliberate action to effect and ensure its safety. While many futurists and transhumanists speculate on the possibility and nature of this type of singularity (often referred to as just the Singularity; capitalized and objectivized to indicate its sheer magnitude as a historical event), Singularitarians believe it is not only possible, but that it is desirable and can also be guided; and as such they dedicate their lives to promoting it and acting in ways they believe will contribute to its safety and early arrival. ...more on Wikipedia about "Singularitarianism"
A technological singularity is defined as a change in a society, caused by technological change, so fundamental that the society (and perhaps its citizens) would be incomprehensible to those existing prior to its occurrence. In futures studies, the Singularity has come to refer to a specific predicted future change of this type triggered by our exponentially rapid technological progress. Vernor Vinge claims it will be triggered by the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence through technological means. Raymond Kurzweil sees the Singularity as the natural culmination of an exponential pattern of progress that began before human history and has continued throughout it. The exact nature of the change, and the means of its creation, are debated among futurists. ...more on Wikipedia about "Technological singularity"
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology ( Viking Books, ISBN 0670033847) is a 2005 update of Raymond Kurzweil's 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines and his 1987 book The Age of Intelligent Machines. In it, as in the two previous versions, Kurzweil attempts to prove his own immortality through the combination of four postulates: ...more on Wikipedia about "The Singularity Is Near"
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