Computers will become conscious

  • Will take place on January 01, 2017
  • Predicted on July 18, 2007
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Technology will allow people to pack enough computing power inside a single computer chip, good enough to simulate the entire human brain.


This is inevitable.


yeah, but by 2017?

David MacInnis

Human brains are pretty complex. Not to mention that by definition computers cannot be concious.

It will eventually be possible to imitate human brains, yes, but we're further away from that than some people seem to believe. Our best bet would be self-replicating machines (like forced evolution -- or selective breeding), but nobody seems stupid enough to risk that.

Alan Plum

True. If Hollywood is anything to go by, we really, really don't want intelligent self-replicating robots.

David Schaefer



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