The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

Penguin, 22 . 2005 . - : 672
Startling in scope and bravado.Janet Maslin,The New York Times

Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.Los Angeles Times

Elaborate, smart and persuasive.The Boston Globe

A pleasure to read.The Wall Street Journal

One ofCBS Newss Best Fall Books of 2005AmongSt Louis Post-Dispatchs Best Nonfiction Books of 2005One of Amazon.coms Best Science Books of 2005

A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from t
he bestselling author ofHow to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machineswho Bill Gates calls the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence

For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.


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LibraryThing Review

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This is a comprehensive account of the state of the art of three interconnected technologies: genetics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. A major premise is that progress in these fields is ...

LibraryThing Review

  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Excellent charts (both log and linear) showing exponential growth and change. Accelerating pace of change is vividly depicted. Dense book with deep notes and references.




Ray Kurzweil is a prize-winning author and scientist. Recipient of the MIT-Lemelson Prize (the worlds largest for innovation), and inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame, he received the 1999 National Medal of Technology. His books include The Age of SpiritualMachines and The Age of Intelligent Machines.

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