Are people like Ray Kurzweil part of a religion by believing in the singularity? Yuval Noah Hurari makes such an argument in Homo Deus where he calls it a techno-religion. I heard of Kurzweil and the singularity many years ago and found it to be a very compelling idea and a real possibility. I now still think it is a possibility but think Kurzweil was extremely off on his expectation of when it would occur and the inevitability of such things. I am an optimist and somewhat of a science and technological optimist but I still think such things pose a clear and very serious risk to the human species. Certainly reading Our Final Invention: Articial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era (by James Barrat) had something to do with that. I'm neither as fearful or cavalier about the perceived threat of AI but see it as as reason to think long and hard about the future of AI and how we will monitor and/or control the industry. What are your thoughts on the singularity? Is AI consciousness likely or inevitable? What are the chance AI will coopt humans for their own needs? Will humans become cyborgs in a way that counters the threat of AI? Is the Singularity near? Do you hope it'll save you from certain death?