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Technological Singularity

The "singularity point" will be achieved around 2050, when an unprecedented form of super-intelligence will emerge, surpassing mankind intelligence.

New materials will allow the production of soft robots with organic tissues, which will be resilient to physical shocks. They will be able to self-repair or help other robots to repair. Ultra-resistant and flexible soft robots will be employed in all manual jobs, from agriculture to construction.

This new generation of robots will exceed human cognitive capacities related to rational and structured reasoning, for instance, in tackling standard engineering problems or fulfilling tasks and responsibilities within complex production processes.

Machines will also be sentient and exhibit a social and collaborative attitude. Solidarity between machines and a new form of swarm intelligence will emerge.

Soft robots will also be able to camouflage and exhibit different physical looks according to tasks or their taste of the day.

Human and machine intelligence will become complementary and non-controversial, however, risks may arise.

Since the capabilities of the emerging artificial intelligence would be difficult to predict, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as a conjecture which may occur at a given time horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted or understood.

"The Singularity" was coined by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who since recently works at Google as the director of engineering. Ray Kurzweil has an amazing track record of groundbreaking technologies in order to be able to predict the technologies that lift on Moore's Law that use information technology. He refers to it as the Law of Accelerating Returns.

His book "The Singularity is Near; when humans transcend biology" is a must read for those who want to know more about technology in the future: http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-singularity-is-near

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