The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2000 - Computers - 400 pages
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Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century.
  

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A very inspiring read on the law of accelerating returns and how it will affect the way technology progresses. Kurzweil talks about the state of the art in technology research (esp. machine ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Kelly - Goodreads

I hope Kurzweil is right. I just think he's overly optimistic. It's a big leap from a computer with the computational power of a brain to a working simulation of a human brain. Read full review

Contents

TRANSITION TO THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
TIME SLOWING DOWN
TIME SPEEDING UP
EVOLUTION BY OTHER MEANS
The Inevitability of Technology
The Emergence of Moores Law
THE LAW OF TIME AND CHAOS
The Evolution of Evolution
Business and Economics
The Arts
Warfare
The Computer Itself
Education
Communication
The Arts
Philosophy

The Intelligence Quotient of Evolution
PHILOSOPHICAL MIND EXPERIMENTS
MIND AS MACHINE VERSUS MIND BEYOND MACHINE
THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE MOVEMENT
THE FORMULA FOR INTELLIGENCE
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
CONTEXT AND KNOWLEDGE
EXPRESSING KNOWLEDGE THROUGH LANGUAGE
THE HARDWARE OF INTELLIGENCE
THE UNIVERSE IN A CUP
THE HUMAN BRAIN
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A BODY
TWENTYFIRST CENTURY BODIES
REBUILDING THE WORLD ATOM BY ATOM
VIRTUAL BODIES
THE SENSUAL MACHINE
THE SPIRITUAL MACHINE
THE DAY THE COMPUTERS STOPPED
THE CREATIVE MACHINE
PREDICTIONS OF THE PRESENT
THE NEW LUDDITE CHALLENGE
The Computer Itself
Education
Disabilities
Communication
Business and Economics
Politics and Society
The Arts
Warfare
Philosophy
The Computer Itself
Education
Communication
Rare and Plentiful
Failure Modes
Delegations from Faraway Places
How Relevant Is Intelligence to the Universe?
The Recursive Formula
Neural Nets
Little and Big Hills
The Laboratory of Chess
The Third Way
Combining All Three Paradigms
AN INEXORABLE EMERGENCE
THE LAW OF TIME AND CHAOS
THE INTELLIGENCE OF EVOLUTION
OF MIND AND MACHINES
A NEW FORM OF INTELLIGENCE ON EARTH
CONTEXT AND KNOWLEDGE
BUILDING NEW BRAINS
AND BODIES
1999
2009
2019
THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE REVISITED
SITES RELEVANT TO THE BOOK
ARTIFICIAL LIFE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH
BRAIN IMAGING RESEARCH
COMPUTERS AND ARTCREATIVITY
COMPUTERS AND CONSCIOUSNESSSPIRITUALITY
Autonomous Agents
Knowledge Management
Neural ImplantsNeural Prosthetics
Supercomputers
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND LUDDITESNEOLUDDITE MOVEMENT
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About the author (2000)

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 Spiritual Machines and The Age of Intelligent Machines.

Visit Ray Kurzweil on the web:

http://www.kurzweiltech.com

http://www.kurzweilai.net/

 

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