Ray Kurzweil is one of my favorite authors. For some details about his work, see http://iae-pedia.org/Ray_Kurzweil. His vision of the future includes having computers that are a lot smarter than people. He uses the term “Singularity” to describe the transition period from when computers are not as smart as people to when they are a lot smarter. This term has come into common use. There are many Web entries about this topic.
I recently read the following article:
Kurzweil, Ray (10/19/2011). Kurzweil responds: don't underestimate the singularity. Technology Review. Retrieved 11/7/2011 from http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/guest/27263/?p1=A4.