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Kurweil revealed this while speaking in a conference speech at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York at the weekend. Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov created the conference to have visionary talks about how the world will look by 2045.
The conference, which is the brainchild of Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov, featured Ray Kurzweil - an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google - who predicted that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence -- an event known as the singularity.
"It's not so hard to predict the future, but it's sometimes hard to connect the dots." In the opening of his lecture to the Global Futures 2045 Congress, famed geneticist Dr. George Church neatly summed up what being a futurist is all about, though he was reminding the audience rather than the other speakers assembled at Alice Tully Hall in New York City this past weekend.
Meanwhile, the Global Future 2045 congress wrapped up earlier this week in New York, where delegates discussed solutions for the challenges of the 21st century. A highlight was a presentation by 32-year-old Russian media mogul Dimitry Itskov on creating so-called avatars -- robotic bodies into which we could download our minds and allow us, in effect, to live on after death.
This past weekend in New York arguably the most important conference of the year, Global Future 2045, was held. This might sound like an overstatement but no other conference exists that states grander goals, and then tries to chart the path to those goals through science. The researchers who have courageously aligned themselves with those goals in the face of many who would try to detract from them deserve kudos for their work. Even so, not every talk was immune to logical criticism — like the idea that transferring even a perfectly transcribed connectome to an avatar would create an identical consciousness, for example — but contrary to what now only the fearful might presuppose, it is not a fetish, or a mental disorder, to have a desire to live and grow beyond the brief term that you were given.
Humanity is more or less doomed, unless we put our brains into immortal robot bodies by 2045. So rang the warning at the second annual Global Future 2045 Congress, organized by 32-year-old Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov and attended by the who’s who of the robotics and AI industry, including Dr. James Martin, Peter Diamandis, and Ray Kurzweil.
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