What will a computer look like in 50 years?
Nail: "Fifty years is impossible, that is a ridiculous timescale [to predict]. The next five years alone are going to be insane with the rise of quantum computers. The types of computers that we’re using are going to be more and more embedded in our lives, and in our bodies. The $1,000 laptop today, that thing, on a 10-year timeline, is going to be the size of a blood cell.
"Ray Kurzweil likes to think we’re going to be integrating much of that into our own brains, making connections to computers through our own neurons. That freaks me out a little bit, but I’m certain that will happen and we will have even more human brain-to-computer interfaces that are going to be seamless.
"This is where the technology of A.I. gets to be really exciting. Beyond 20-30 years, it gets to a different place. I do see people uploading themselves, uploading their memories, uploading their minds into a digital arena. For the mere mortal in the next 30 years, our abilities, capacities, our cognitive processes, are going to be changing dramatically. That allows us to make better decisions; I’m very excited to see within the next five to 10 years A.I. advisors for CEOs and A.I. advisors on the boards of companies. A.I. advisors for our judges, our judicial systems, government officials."