The motto of the National Science Foundation:
“Where scientists, engineers, and artists concur — that is the territory of imagination.”
Deputy Director, NSF
April 17 CNET
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“Ultimately, nonbiological intelligence will dominate because it is growing at a double exponential rate, whereas for all practical purposes biological intelligence is at a standstill.
Human thinking is stuck at 10^26 calculations per second (for all biological humans [on the planet”>), and that figure will never appreciably change (except for a small increase resulting from genetic engineering). Nonbiological thinking is still millions of times less today, but the cross over will occur before 2030.
By the end of the twenty-first century, nonbiological thinking will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than that of its biological progenitors.”
From “The Singularity is Near”
A Book PrÃ©cis by Raymond Kurzweil
A good summary of Kurzweil current thoughts can be found here.