A $1.000 (in 1999 dollars) unit of computation has the computing capacity of approximately 1.000 human brains.
Permanent or removable implants (similar to contact lenses) for the eyes as wella as cochlear implants are now used to privide input and output between the human user and the worldwide computing network.
Direct neural pathways have been perfected for high-bandwidth connection to the human brain. A range of neural implants is becoming available to enhance visual and auditory perception and interpretation, memory, and reasoning.
[Esto me encanta. Cuando por fin pueda cambiar mi hipocampo por una memoria que se acuerde siempre de dónde he aparcado… Incipit Santiago 2.0]
Automated agents are now learning on their own, and significant knowledge is being created by machines with little or no human intervention. Computers have read all available human – and machine – generated literature and multimedia material.
[Bueno, por fin los blogs se escribirán solos]
There is widespread use of all-encompassing visual auditory, and tactile communication using direct neural connections, allowing virtual reality to take place without having to be in a “total touch enclosure”.
The majority of communication does not involve a human. The majority of communication involving a human is between a human and a machine.
[Estará bien contarle las penas al tostador positrónico]
There is almost no human employment in production, agriculture, or transportation. Basic life needs are available for the vast majority of the human race.
There is a growing discussion about the legal rights of computers and what constitutes being “human”.
[Además de los antitaurinos ahora tendremos a los promáquinas. Ya me imagino su lema: “No las formateéis, ellas nunca lo harían” ]
Although computers routinely pass apparently valid forms of the Turing Test, controversy persists about whether or not machine intelligence equals human intelligence in all of its diversity.
Machines claim to be conscious. These claims are largely accepted.
[Si ellas lo dicen…]
Raymond Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999)
Y todo eso sucederá en 18 años… yo tendré 49.
Ver sus predicciones para el 2019. Próximamente las del 2049, las del 2072, 2099 y “some milleniums hence…”