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Glenn weighs in on Google futurist’s prediction: ‘Basic income will be worldwide by 2030s’

As tensions continue to increase over the threat of artificial intelligence replacing jobsin the coming years, one celebrated futurist is predicting that the entire world will have “universal basic income", or a regular salary for everyone whether they work or not, by the end of the 2030's.

Speaking at the 2018 TED Conference, Google's chief futurist and director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, who boasts an 86 percent accuracy rate for his nearly 150 predictions since 1990, made another bold prediction about the role of AI in our future: “In the early 2030s, we'll have universal basic income in the developed world, and worldwide by the end of the 2030s. You'll be able to live very well on that. The primary concern will be meaning and purpose."

Here are a few more of Kurzweil's more noteworthy predictions:

  • By 2029, computers will have reached human-level intelligence, a.k.a. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
  • By 2030, nanotechnology and other medical advances will have cured nearly all diseases.
  • By 2045, artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence. This is called “the singularity“.

“Kurzweil believes that this new technological singularity will usher in, and I want to quote here, a 'period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.' Wow, that's quite a quote," said Glenn on today's show. “Here's the problem with Kurzweil's prediction: He claims that the time-frame between human level artificial intelligence and [the singularity] will be about 15 years. But there are others that say it could be 15 hours … we don't know."

Watch the video clip above to find out more.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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WATCH: This is the Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV (2020)

Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. The design of the crossover, based on an exclusive high-end saloon and an SUV, follows the philosophy of Sensual Purity.

The show car combines the comfort and typical strengths of both body styles. These include the raised seating position and the athletic looks. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is conceived as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors, it offers fully variable all-wheel drive. The output from the powertrain is 550 kW (750 horsepower). The flat underfloor battery has a usable capacity of around 80 kWh, producing an NEDC range of over 500 kilometres (according to EPA: over 200 miles). The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155mph).

The fast-charging function is also convenient: thanks to DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes, enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometres (62 miles).