This is much, much bigger than Snowden's!
In short, the singularity is near, Kurzweil is probably a bit crazy, but still I bet he's off on his prediction. It should happen before 2040, maybe even before 2029. And it could be a tremendous existential risk to humanity, the uprise of our next stage or, very unlikely but still possible: neither.
Let me know if you'd like to know more.