How Will Engineering Enhance Life?

Susan Hall

A leading U.S. inventor predicts machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, reports BBC News.


Ray Kurzweil believes that in the future, humans will have devices implanted in their bodies to make them smarter and to improve their health. He said of the idea:

We're already a human-machine civilization; we use our technology to expand our physical and mental horizons and this will be a further extension of that.

He was among 18 influential thinkers, including Google founder Larry Page and genome pioneer Dr. Craig Venter, chosen by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering to identify the great technological challenges facing humanity. They proposed 14 "grand challenges" that would do the most to protect and enhance life in the 21st century, with the challenges restricted to those that could realistically be addressed, reports Financial Times.


The engineering group is allowing the public to vote on the proposed challenges at

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