The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 22, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 672 pages
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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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Fascinating subject, incredibly dry writing. - Goodreads
Fantasitc insight into what is and what may be. - Goodreads
This book is a good introduction, but a little dated. - Goodreads
Fusion of human and machine. - Goodreads

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I feel so tired after reading this book. So repetitive. Read full review

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User Review  - Rob - Goodreads

Such a fascinating idea, the idea of transcending biology and birthing a new form of life, tragically presented with such poor execution bogged down in specifics when where the idea shines is in the idea itself not in the minutiae. Read full review


The Singularity Is Near
TheLaw of Accelerating Returns The NatureofOrder TheLife Cycle ofa Paradigm Fractal
Fractal Dimensions and the Brain
DNA Sequencing Memory Communications theInternet and Miniaturization
on Play
The Singularity as Transcendence
The Ideaof Relinquishment
Distributed Energy Civil Liberties in an Age of Asymmetric
The Criticism from Incredulity
The Criticism from Microtubules andQuantum Computing
The Criticismfrom theChurchTuring Thesis The Criticism from Failure Rates

Synapses and Spines Neuron Models Electronic Neurons BrainPlasticity ModelingRegions ofthe
Interfacing the Brain and Machines
Uploading theHumanBrain CHAPTER FIVE
A Panoply of Impacts
on the Human Brain
Else Experience Beamers Expand YourMind on Human Longevity The Transformation to Nonbiological Experience
The Remote Robotic Robust SizeReduced
The Criticismfrom Malthus
The Criticism from Holism
Exponential Trends Dont Last Forever A Virtually Unlimited
The Law of Accelerating Returns Revisited
The Deeply Intertwined Promise and Peril of
Intertwined Benefits and Dangers
on Learning

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Ray Kurzweil is a prize-winning author and scientist. Recipient of the MIT-Lemelson Prize (the world’s largest for innovation), and inducted into the Inventor’s 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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