Ray Kurzweil, know as one of the most significant futurists of our times, author of the book The Singularity, co-founder of Singularity University, has a distinguished history of predicting our technological future with a high degree of accuracy.

Here are some of his predictions for our immediate future.

By the late 2010s, glasses will beam images directly onto the retina. 10 TeraBytes of computing power (roughly same as brain) will cost about $1000.

By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by nanosystems. The Turing test begins to be passable. Self-driving cars begin to take over the roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways

By the 2030s, Virtual Reality will begin to feel 100% real. We will be able to upload our mind/consciousness by the end of the decade.

By the 2040s, non-biological intelligence will be a billion times more capable than biological intelligence (aka us). Nanotech foglets will be able to make food out of thin air and create any object in physical world at a whim.

By 2045, we will multiple our intelligence a billionfold by linking wirelessly from our neocortex to synthetic neocortex in the cloud.

Comments Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Spacex, and noted as one of the people at the forefront of technological change, about AI,

“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful,” said Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.”

Some people will read about these future technologies and see a world of possibilities. Which there will be.

I read these and look around the world at our current leadership, or extreme lack of…and feel quite sick in the stomach.

Where is the leadership intelligence that will steward the human race as we begin to move to a nanotech, AI world?

Who has the capacity to take an oversight position that is not tainted with greed, opportunities for self expansion, or national expansion, or personal political power?

We might think we have a leadership crisis today. And we do. But this crisis is approaching an extreme level. Our future is a very scary one without wise leadership with an integrated intelligence that transcends our existing models.

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