2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

Time
February 10, 2011
By Lev Grossman

Computers are getting faster. Everybody knows that. Also, computers are getting faster faster — that is, the rate at which they’re getting faster is increasing.

On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I’ve Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano. The idea was that Kurzweil was hiding an unusual fact and the panelists — they included a comedian and a former Miss America — had to guess what it was.

On the show (you can find the clip on YouTube), the beauty queen did a good job of grilling Kurzweil, but the comedian got the win: the music was composed by a computer. Kurzweil got $200.

Kurzweil then demonstrated the computer, which he built himself—a desk-size affair with loudly clacking relays, hooked up to a typewriter. The panelists were pretty blasé about it; they were more impressed by Kurzweil’s age than by anything he’d actually done.

1 Comment on "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal"

  1. Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 7:03 pm
    The Works and Ideas of Futurist Ray Kurzweil

    http://blogs.voanews.com/digital-frontiers/2011/03/18/transcending-man/

    http://transcendentman.com/

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