Machines 'to match man by 2029' - BBC News

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Tue, 2008-02-19 14:54 by Hans-Georg

By Helen Briggs
Science reporter, BBC News, Boston

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Tiny machines could roam the body
curing diseases

Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted.

Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people's brains to make them more intelligent, said Ray Kurzweil.

The engineer believes machines and humans will eventually merge through devices implanted in the body to boost intelligence and health.

"It's really part of our civilisation," Mr Kurzweil explained.

"But that's not going to be an alien invasion of intelligent machines to displace us."

Machines were already doing hundreds of things humans used to do, at human levels of intelligence or better, in many different areas, he said. …

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