In Darwin among the Machines, George B. Dyson predicts that the development of machine intelligence is inevitable, Darwinian and will proceed without human guidance or intervention.
Ray Kurzweil sees an approaching ‘singulariy,’ an era in which humans will choose to enhance themselves by adopting non-biological substrates and merging human intelligence with the capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing capacity of machines, as related in his book The Singularity is Near.
In any case, the Singularity Summit this weekend will bring together leading thinkers in robotics, nanotech and artificial intelligence to discuss the topic. Both SFGate.com and CNET have coverage worth a look. The ultimate in ‘open source’ software…?