This truly remarkable time in the biological sciences has the opportunity to effectively attack some of the most fundamental problems of society.
There could be a way of predicting – and preventing – which children will go on to have low intelligence.
Human minds as they currently exist are not capable of effecting our most desirable present and future.
In the end, if common sense is used, we will discount the whole of the Christian religion as a mass of mythological stories.
The conclusion is inescapable. Jesus never existed. It might shock the average Christian, but as you see, it's not so ridiculous an assertion after all.
Brain simulation is the idea of imitating and hopefully emulating the natural brains connections and processes using a computer-based model.
The 21st century and beyond promises an array of novel methods for enhancing human cognition.
The first big problem is death. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now.
Assuming that scientific progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.
We cannot flee the challenge of delaying or avoiding Ray Kurzweil's prediction. We must embrace it. That is our responsibility.