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The age of spiritual machines : when computers exceed human intelligence

Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999.
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"The Age of Spiritual Machines is no mere list of predictions but a prophetic blueprint for the future. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain. According to Kurzweil, machines will achieve all this by 2020, with human attributes not far behind. We will begin to have relationships with automated  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kurzweil, Ray.
Age of spiritual machines.
New York : Viking, 1999
(OCoLC)607120897
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Kurzweil
ISBN: 0670882178 9780670882175
OCLC Number: 39700377
Description: xii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : 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 --
2029 --
2099 --
Epilogue : the rest of the universe revisited --
Time line --
How to build an intelligent machine in three easy paradigms --
Glossary.
Other Titles: When computers exceed human intelligence
Responsibility: Ray Kurzweil.
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"The Age of Spiritual Machines is no mere list of predictions but a prophetic blueprint for the future. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain. According to Kurzweil, machines will achieve all this by 2020, with human attributes not far behind. We will begin to have relationships with automated personalities and use them as teachers, companions, and lovers. A mere ten years later, information will be fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways; computers, for their part, will have read all the world's literature. The distinction between us and computers will have become sufficiently blurred that when the machines claim to be conscious, we will believe them."--Jacket.

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