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The singularity is near : when humans transcend biology

Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2004061231
(OCoLC)57201348
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Kurzweil
ISBN: 9781429515443 1429515449 9781429522793 1429522798 9781101218884 1101218886
OCLC Number: 457193999
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. New York : Penguin Group USA, Inc., 2008. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4091 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 1821 KB).
Description: xvii, 652 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The six epochs --
A theory of technology evolution : the law of accelerating returns --
Achieving the computational capacity of the human brain --
Achieving the software of human intelligence : how to reverse engineer the human brain --
GNR : three overlapping revolutions --
The impact ... --
Ich bin ein singularitarian --
The deeply intertwined promise and peril of GNR --
Response to critics --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Ray Kurzweil.
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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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