The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

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Penguin, 2000 - Computers - 388 pages
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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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

This one was a little flat for me, and not just because of the title. I can't fathom why he would equate "spiritual" and "intelligence" - of course, both are evolutionary products, but they are not ... Read full review

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User Review  - wweisser - LibraryThing

This was really unreadable. It's like techno-babble junk food. Never tries to back up its claims or present a logical argument. I found the question/answer format of some of the sections distracting and prone to digression. Read full review

Contents

THE LAW OF TIME AND CHAOS
9
THE INTELLIGENCE OF EVOLUTION
40
OF MIND AND MACHINES
51
A NEW FORM OF INTELLIGENCE ON EARTH
66
Intelligence rapidly creates satisfying sometimes surprising plans that meet
73
CONTEXT AND KNOWLEDGE
89
BUILDING NEW BRAINS
101
AND BODIES 733
133
2029
220
2099
234
THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE REVISITED
253
TIME LINE
267
A 1000 unit of computation has the computing capacity of approxi
279
HOW TO BUILD AN INTELLIGENT MACHINE IN THREE
281
GLOSSARY
298
NOTES
315

1999 757
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2009
189
2019
202
SUGGESTED READINGS
344
WEB LINKS
369
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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 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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