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This book... changed my life. I was 18 years old, enjoying the summer between high school and college when I read this book. Prior to reading this book, I didn't have a real sense of direction or purpose, and was very unsure as to where to invest my efforts, and in what fields to seed my passion... However, after exploring Ray's brilliant ideas in this thorough and extremely detailed vision of the future, I started to genuinely believe in the existence of a beautiful potential for humanity, going as far as "permeating the universe with intelligence"... If you consider yourself a thinker, and are unfamiliar with the idea of the technological singularity, then this book is the "bible" of the movement. Ray humorously describes a person known as a "Singularitarian", and this book certainly made me one.
Also if you can accurately explain the ideas in this book to people at a "cocktail party" you will be known as the deep, worldly, and intelligent one.
 

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A must read for us who are curious about the future.

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Along with Guns Germs and Steel and the History of Knowledge, this is the best non-fiction I have ever read.

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The most important book in the last 1000 years. When I read it, I couldn't stop swearing. It is something that will completely turn your thinking around. Utopian dreamers have come before with the same promises that Ray Kurzweil makes, but Ray brings the maths to back up his claims.

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Ray Kurzweil should probably have chosen a different, more dramatic first sentence for his book. Somehow “At the age of five, I had the idea I would become an inventor” doesn’t do justice to the scope and power of his basic premise. Nor does it prepare the reader for the almost religious fervor that will permeate great lengths of his work.
Maybe something in the lines of “A spectre is haunting the world, the spectre of Artificial Intelligence” would have been more appropriate. It’s the kind of drumbeat a book like The Singularity is Near, begs for. Its doubtful, however, if mr Kurzweil would ever use the ominous terms of the Communist Manifesto.
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This book was fabulous. Ray Kurzweil takes you on a journey into theoretical sciences and explores possibilities of future civilizations.
In a world where intelligence is King where are the
biological organisms called Humans?
Will our children's children be nonbiological computers that design their own offspring?
These are a few of the types of questions explored in this book. A great read for anyone who wonders about the future of Humanity and our relations with Artificial Intelligence.
 

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The book is fascinating.But very implausible

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This book is really amazing. If you are into the singularity then a great site to keep up to date is <a href=http://singularityhub.com>http://singularityhub.com</a>

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Not the easiest read but the most interesting and arresting view of mankind's future. Ray's thesis is the geometric increases in info tech, DNA mapping, other tech advances will collide into a brave new world where hunger and material want will disappear. Of course there is always a price and here it may be out of control nano bots who grow and don't stop. 

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One of the most exciting books. It tells the story of exponential growth of technology and the resulting astonishing changes. We will live fore ever, the universe will be controlled by computer systems. The big difference to other SF books is, there is a scientific base, that is with no doubt realistic. 

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