How will singularity be like and by when will we achieve it? Completely and utterly forever changed before 2040


(Originally answered in quora)

How? I can tell you how it won't be like, but it'd sure be fun if it's any close:

One thing is for certain: humans and humanity will be completely changed by it. A bigger evolutional leap than anything that ever happened before.

And it will most certainly happen before 2040, as Ray Kurzweil genius predicts.

I truly cheer for start seeing it within the next 7 years (5 years before a PC can emulate a human brain on its own), but who knows? In science, any prediction with more than 5 years advance is about the same as saying "nobody knows, we can only hope".