This time the outsourcing battle will be between man and the machine. Bring it on!
Kurzweil claims that whenever technology hits a limit, “a paradigm shift (i.e., a fundamental change in the approach) occurs, which enables exponential growth to continue.” That’s not much more than a convenient article of faith. As Peter Thiel points out, “technological progress has fallen short in many domains. Consider the most literal instance of non-acceleration: We are no longer moving faster. The centuries-long acceleration of travel speeds … reversed with the decommissioning of the Concorde in 2003.”
Singularity and its impact is a long road ahead. There is a marked difference between intelligence and brute number crunching. I for one do not agree to singularity as a function of computation itself. When we screw up so much writing simple code, how the hell will we program a flawless singularity? http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/16/this-time-is-different/