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May 21, 2014

Why futurologists are always wrong

– and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians. | Kurzweil doesn’t say he is religious but, in reality,
his belief system is structurally identical to that of the Southern hot gospellers who warn of the impending “Rapture”, the moment when the blessed will be taken up into paradise and the rest of us will be left to seek salvation in the turmoil of the Tribulation before Christ returns to announce the end of the world. Kurzweil’s idea of “the singularity” is the Rapture for geeks – in this case the blessed will create an intelligent computer that will give them eternal life either in their present bodies or by uploading them into itself. Like the Rapture, it is thought to be imminent. Kurzweil forecasts its arrival in 2045.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 21, 2014 10:25 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I forecast Kurzweil will bank a few Köpeks from this long before 2045.

Posted by: BillH at May 21, 2014 2:30 PM

Somebody, make sure to give him a good hard punch in the face as be leaves. Heck, give him one for the road.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 21, 2014 3:27 PM

The real definer will come in 2045.

Does it happen?

If it doesn't, does someone else pick up the torch and explain it away, while simultaneously making a new, improved prediction.

If both of those don't occur, it's unfair to compare him to 7th Day Adventists, etc.

Posted by: bud at May 22, 2014 9:28 PM

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