Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil has said the AI singularity will happen in the year 2029, and just a few years later humans will merge with machines.
The AI singularity is the point where machines match human-level intelligence.
Speaking at the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, Mr Kurzweil said: "By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence.”
He added that the process has already begun.
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The Google employee said: "That leads to computers having human intelligence, our putting them inside our brains, connecting them to the cloud, expanding who we are.
“Today, that's not just a future scenario.
"It's here, in part, and it's going to accelerate.”
Ray Kurzweil made the predictions at the the SXSW Conference
Mr Kurzweil continued by stating that predictions that AI will enslave humans is “not realistic”, adding that it is already ubiquitous.
He said: "We don't have one or two AIs in the world. Today we have billions.”
What he envisions is actually a world where AI’s purpose is to benefit humanity, rather than exceed it, before predicting that we will one day finally merge with machines which, he believes, will massively improve us as beings.
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The 69-year old computer scientist said: "What's actually happening is [machines] are powering all of us.
"They're making us smarter.
“They may not yet be inside our bodies, but, by the 2030s, we will connect our neocortex, the part of our brain where we do our thinking, to the cloud.
"We're going to get more neocortex, we're going to be funnier, we're going to be better at music. We're going to be sexier.
"We're going to expand our minds and exemplify these artistic qualities that we value."
"We're really going to exemplify all the things that we value in humans to a greater degree.
"Ultimately, it will affect everything.
"We're going to be able to meet the physical needs of all humans.
“We're going to expand our minds and exemplify these artistic qualities that we value."