At the Tierney Lab, John Tierney wonders if the Singularity -- that point when computers have consciousness and people can upload their minds to avoid death -- is approaching. In a previous column in the New York Times by Tierney, futurist Ray Kurzweil wagered that a computer would pass the Turing Test by 2029. People featured in current issue of IEEE Spectrum say that they'd be lucky if they figured out the fruit fly brain in 20 years, writes Tierney. "There is not the slightest reason to believe in a coming singularity. The fact that you can visualize a future in your imagination is not evidence that it is likely or even possible," Harvard's Steven Pinker says in Spectrum.
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