My one problem with Ray Kurzweil’s book is that while he can envision a grand future and show a clear and concisely detailed path to that future, there’s little in the way of hard details to that last couple of chapters (specifically Ich Ein Bin Singulatarian and beyond). These cover the risks, the changes, etc. that are inherent in the coming years before the Singularity (with one exception – he does a good job of finding the holes in Luddite-ish Relinquishment). I’d love to see another book tailored to providing the details of how this evolution is predicted to go. Of course, the vanity in me would love to put my two cents in about that in a blog, too, but we don’t have all year to read my ramblings
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Experiments are already under way in extending human perception. I’ve read of sensor belts to let you know which way is North, like homing pigeons. Another lab has a device that presents a picture from a camera onto the subjects back, allowing the blind to “see” or perhaps giving firemen infra-red vision. I’ve also seen videos of implants for quadrapolegics that allow them to control a mouse and keyboard. All these things are being done today in the lab, but as commercial uses are found for them the computing power required to make them useful and to tie them into web will be immense.
However, I believe it will be so immense that merely trying to scale our data centers today with grid technology won’t be enough. Data centers today are a throw back to the past, designed for a time when computers required constant human attention to run. Before we realize the world RK describes our notion of how to run software and the data centers we build to power that software must evolve as well.]]>
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