The singularity won’t destroy us, Kurzweil says. Instead, it will immortalize us.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Pulls Out All the Stops (and Pills) to Live to Witness the Singularity, from Wired 16.04 (24 March 2008), by Gary Wolf.

Technology. The end of theory (o rilly?). The end of death. The end… of humanity.

…while artificial intelligence will render biological humans obsolete, it will not make human consciousness irrelevant.

I don’t want to be a bot:

Kurzweil predicts that by the early 2030s, most of our fallible internal organs will have been replaced by tiny robots. We’ll have “eliminated the heart, lungs, red and white blood cells, platelets, pancreas, thyroid and all the hormone-producing organs, kidneys, bladder, liver, lower esophagus, stomach, small intestines, large intestines, and bowel. What we have left at this point is the skeleton, skin, sex organs, sensory organs, mouth and upper esophagus, and brain.”

Want to know more? Here’s a Q&A that Kurtzweil published in 2005. And if you’re *really* intrigued, you can enrol for a graduate programme at Singularity University.

(note: if you’re worried about misplaced thetans, your church is elsewhere)