Some of you may be familiar with the concept of a supposed 'singularity' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity that some people think will happen in the coming hundred years or so. The idea was popularized by Ray Kurzweil, and some of you may have read his book 'The singularity is near'. I thought it would be interesting to hear some opinions from educated people on the subject to discuss how realistic the concept is. I must admit that I have become quite convinced that this is at least a realistic possibility and the fact that the concept has been mentioned by intel proves its not entirely crackpottery. In the interest of a useful discussion I will define some topics less ambiguous than 'the singularity' but ones that are associated with it: -The predictions of Ray Kurzweil. -Non-biological intelligent agents that surpass humans in every respect by around 2050 -mini computers in everything: our blood; brains; clothing; the air by around 2050 -well developed nanotechnology: the ability to construct something 5 atoms at a time in the next few decades. -the continuation of moore's law, in at least some sense.