This article from Time raises some interesting questions: How long until computers are “smarter” than humans? (Especially considering Watson’s recent performance on Jeopardy!) What about machines with creativity, intuition, and generalized intelligence — the historical province of humans alone? And if that’s not scary enough, how long until we can achieve immortality by downloading our brains into computers and preserving ourselves as thinking machines indefinitely?
Their article on the subject from a social point of view is quite interesting. However, it seems that the issue could benefit from a computer science perspective as well. What kind of technology would be required to achieve these things, and how tough will it be to get there? Let’s find out, or at least make some guesses.