An invited counterpoint op-ed for the April 2008 issue of Wired magazine in which I examine more critically the claims of techno-utopian Ray Kurzweil, proponent of the so-called "singularity." The "singularity," Kurzweil says, is the point at which computers allegedly become self-aware, conscious machines. The singularity, he says, is coming soon. I argue otherwise.
That said, Kurzweil is also an influential futurist and thinker whose ideas have had an important effect on the world. In recognition of his being awarded the MIT Lemelson Prize for Invention and Innovation in 2001, I interviewed him for Wired.com.
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