As reported previously, any attempts to provide to Dr. Reizer, at No Fake News, my entire 48-page transcription of the 2005 book by Google’s Director of Engineering, co-founder of Singularity University, Ray Kurzweil, “The Singularity is Near-When Humans Transcend Biology,” have been blocked. So I am reporting my findings, verbatim, in sections.
And, given the gravity of the subject, sharing it incrementally may make it a little easier to process. Regardless, here goes. . . . (Everything is a direct quote unless otherwise noted):
P. 56 – Everything — including physical products, once nanotechnology-based manufacturing becomes a reality [it already has], is becoming information [or “IT”].
P. 57 – The primary driving force of Moore’s Law is a reduction of semiconductor sizes, which shrink by half every 5.4 years in each dimension. . . Since chips are functionally two-dimensional, this means doubling the number of elements per square millimeter every 2.7 years.
P. 59 – [In 1968, one transistor cost one dollar; in 2002, a dollar purchased about ten million transistors.]
[In 2008, phys.org reported: “Intel has just announced the first microchip that contains more than two billion transistors – tiny switches that together perform the calculations in computers. The chip, known as Tukwila, marks a milestone in chip density technology.” Niklas Rosenberg then reported, in 2020, that chips were now able to hold 60 billion transistors, each of which can be turned on and off individually. (https://niklasrosenberg.com/blog/2020/7/15/what-does-it-mean-to-have-60-billion-transistors-in-a-computer-chip)]
P. 61 – As they have become smaller, and less expensive, transistors have also become faster by a factor of about one thousand over the past thirty years [as of 2005] . . . because the electrons have less distance to travel.
P. 67 – When Moore’s Law reaches the end of its S curve, now expected before 2020, the exponential growth will continue with three-dimensional molecular computing, which will constitute the sixth paradigm [in computation systema].
P. 70 – We can express the exponential growth of computing in terms of its accelerating pace: it took ninety years to achieve the first MIPS per thousand dollars; now we add [in 2004] one MIPS per thousand dollars every five hours.
We are poised to ascend beyond the fragile and slow creations of biological evolution in a mere several decades [from 2004; in other words, hack God].
P. 96 – “If I were just starting out today, to make that drive to the West Coast to start a business, I would be looking at biotechnology and nanotechnology.” – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
P. 97 – As this book is being written [in 2004], the country is debating changing the Social Security program based on projections that go out to 2042, approximately the timeframe I’ve estimated for the Singularity.
P. 98 – The predictions are based on linear models and longevity increases and economic growth that are highly unrealistic. On the one hand, longevity increases will vastly outstrip the government’s modest expectations. On the other hand, people won’t be seeking to retire at 65 when they have bodies and brains of 35-year-olds.
P. 105 – Full-immersion virtual reality environments, incorporating all of the senses . . . will be feasible by the late 2020s. [T]here will be no reason to utilize real offices. Real estate will become virtual.
As Sun Tzu pointed out, “knowledge is power,” and another ramification of the law of accelerating returns [LOAR] is the exponential growth of human knowledge, including intellectual property.
PP. 106-107 – The overall growth of the economy reflects completely new forms and layers of wealth and value that did not previously constitute a significant portion of the economy, such as new forms of nanoparticle-based materials.
P. 115 – Self-assembling nanoscale circuits is another key enabling technique for effective nanoelectronics. Self-assembly allows improperly-formed components to be discarded automatically and makes it possible for the potentially trillions of circuitry components to organize themselves. . . .
P. 116 – Emulating Biology: Self-replicating nanowires are based on prions which are self-replicating proteins [one form of prion appears to play a role in human memory].
P. 117 – DNA is nature’s own nanoengineered computer.
P. 132 – A key observation regarding the Singularity is that INFORMATION PROCESSES — computation — will drive everything that is important.
P. 136 – I set the date for the Singularity — representing a profound and disruptive transformation in human capability — as of 2045. The nonbioligical intelligence created in that year will be ONE BILLION times more powerful than ALL human intelligence today.
PP. 198-199 – A more controversial application than scanning-the-brain-to-understand-it . . . is scanning the brain to upload it. . . Uploading a human brain means scanning all of its salient details and then reinstating those details into a suitably powerful computational substrate. This process would capture a person’s entire personality, memory, skills and history.
If we are truly capturing a person’s mental processes, then the reinstantiated mind will need a body . . . [and] we will have plenty of options for both non-biological humans and biological humans who avail themselves of extensions to our intelligence. The human body 2.0 will include virtual bodies in completely realistic virtual environments, nanotechnogy-based physical bodies and more.
P. 200 – [In the late 2020s] Unenhanced humans may become increasingly hard to find.
[To be continued….]
Ashley Hayes is a former business entrepreneur, patented inventor, researcher, and writer seeking to bring attention to the clearly-organized crimes of unlawful and corrupt law enforcement and fusion center personnel against innocent Americans and citizens worldwide, as well as crimes committed by military contractors via 21st century technology, and to the pandemic of child trafficking by those in power.
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