The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

byRay Kurzweil

Kobo ebook | January 1, 2000

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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.

Title:The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human IntelligenceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do you want to live forever? The Age of Spiritual Machines was written in 1999 and makes predictions for 2009, 2019, 2029 and 2099. The ones for 2009 are right on track. The first half of the book is about artificial intelligence, Moore’s law, the law of accelerating returns, why evolution seems to go against the second law of thermodynamics, the origin and fate of the universe, quantum entanglement and a lot more. If you think this is a book about robots, you’re in for a surprise. This is a book about immortality, the transcendence of the human race by our creations. The second – I think, weaker – half of the book is all prognostication. Past 2009 I find the predictions rather hard to believe, and a little boring. Thankfully, Kurzweil ends each chapter with dialogue between himself and a fictional character who is living in each of the time periods. Much more interesting, but I can see some people finding the device a bit annoying. The predictions are more than a bit optimistic and this book is a real mind-bender, but you’ll want to believe that this is our future.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Future of possibilities An excellent read. The author observes the trends of current technology to forecast where it could possibly take humanity in years to come. He speaks of ideas and possiblities that will get anyone excited about the future. The book is broken into different time frames in which he has a conversation with a virtual person at the end of the chapters. The development in personality of this virtual person as we change from one time frame to another (ie; past to present to future) is a great dimension to the book.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Age of Excellence Ray Kurzweil writes a compelling view about what are future will be like. Whether you are into science fiction or science fact you are sure to enjoy this book. You will find this book hard to put down. It causes your mind to open up into the possibility of the unknown and yet makes it seem like reality. This book is such an eye-opener that it spawned the making of a concept album (Spiritual Machines) by alt-rockers Our Lady Peace.
Date published: 2000-12-22