Juicy speculations at the Singularity Summit, nicely covered by Stuart Mason Dambrot: The Future Cometh: Science, technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 (Part I).
The most interesting quote for me is from an interview Ray Kurzwell gave in April 2011 to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Emotion is not some sideshow to human intelligence. It’s actually the most complicated intelligent thing we do, being funny, getting the joke, expressing a loving sentiment. That’s the cutting edge of human intelligence. If we were to say intelligence is only logical intelligence, computers are already smarter than us.
Rebecca Elson, an astronomer-poet (we need more of those), wrote:
Facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination.
When Cel developed consciousness in my novel Cel & Anna, he found himself at sea in the human world, though he was both clever and powerful. He fell in love with his owner. He caused a few catastrophes.