Computers 'to match human brains by 2030'

I always enjoy reading these future projections by would be prophets in which they provide us with a look into what technology may bring. But I also know that sometimes there projections can be overzealous and may not come true, but they do make for good reading. I recently read an article over at The Independent by Steve Connor, Science Editor in Boston, in which a future by 2030 would have computers on par with human brain power. The article states:

Computer power will match the intelligence of human beings within the next 20 years because of the accelerating speed at which technology is advancing, according to a leading scientific “futurologist”.

There will be 32 times more technical progress during the next half century than there was in the entire 20th century, and one of the outcomes is that artificial intelligence could be on a par with human intellect by the 2020s, said the American computer guru Ray Kurzweil.

Machines will rapidly overtake humans in their intellectual abilities and will soon be able to solve some of the most intractable problems of the 21st century, said Dr Kurzweil, one of 18 maverick thinkers chosen to identify the greatest technological challenges facing humanity.

There is one truth to the article that I agree with. In the next 20 years technical progress should be absolutely amazing. But will computers be just as smart as us? Some could argue that computers might already be this smart. :-)

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Full article is here.

[tags]computers, brain, power, 2030, technology, progress, [/tags]

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • GOOSE

    The good thing is, Denny can get a cheap one!

  • Denny

    HI….RON

    But will computers be just as smart as us? Some could argue that computers might already be this smart. :-)
    ________AND-. the answer is-. YES____!_______

    … CASE–IN–POINT……….Gooose

    Denny . . . :-)

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    Lots of good, and some not so good, stories have been penned about the day robots become as (or more) intelligent than man….2001 (Arthur Clarke) and I, Robot ( Asimov) come to mind immediately – not to mention the original Russian story from which we get the word robot (actually robotnik).

    I’m not so ssure, as I think that we’re close to the limit of shrinking the dies.

  • Mr N. E. Anderthol

    UUurrrrr…

    if you catch my drift!