Google’s AI chief Ray Kurzweil: Computers will soon ‘outsmart’ humans by 2029

Google’s AI chief Ray Kurzweil: Computers will soon ‘outsmart’ humans by 2029

Renowned American inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil - who is Google's new chief on 'artificial intelligence' (AI) - has recently projected that, in the next 15 years, computers will become more intelligent than their creators.

According to Kurzweil's prediction, computer will 'outsmart' human beings by the year 2029. They will not only have a much better thinking ability than the humans, but will also have a better understanding of human behavior than their makers.

Kurzweil, 66, has predicted that, by the year 2029, computers will be able to understand what the humans say, hold conversations, and learn from experience. Moreover, the computers will also apparently be able to tell jokes and stories, and even flirt.

Kurzweil is of the opinion that the Turing test will be passed in 2029. The Turing test marks that moment at which computers will exhibit intelligent behavior that is at par with, or indistinguishable from, that of humans.

Revealing that at a 1999 conference, AI experts "took a poll by hand about when you think the Turing test would be passed," Kurzweil said that though a "pretty good contingent thought that it would never be done," the consensus was "hundreds of years." Kurzweil further added: "And today, I'm pretty much at the median of what AI experts think and the public is kind of with them."