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Essay heading: A humanoid future?
 
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The idea that science can someday build a copy of a human elicits predictions that vary by hundreds of years. For a human, the process of opening the eyes, glancing about, and understanding where you are is a small matter. Programming a robot to do the same thing is a monumental task. "Within 30 years we'll have machines that reproduce the full range of human intelligence," says Kurzweil, whose inventions include speech recognition software and a music synthesizer...
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"People will feel threatened by this technology." With scientists now scanning and reverse-engineering the human brain, a computer that surpasses human capabilities will soon be possible, says Kurzweil. Place one of these computer brains inside a human-looking robot, and we'll have robots smarter than humans - robots capable of pursuing their own priorities, he believes...
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