The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil
When Humans Transcend Biology

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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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RAY KURZWEIL is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near and the national bestseller The Age of Spiritual Machines, among others. One of the leading inventors of our time, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the recipient of many honors, including the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology. He lives in Boston.
Published September 22, 2005 by Penguin Books. 671 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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At that point, Kurzweil believes, a genuine synthesis of the strengths of human and machine intelligence becomes possible: pattern recognition and inference on the human side, large memory with instant recall and easy data-sharing on the machine side.

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In The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999), inventor, futurist, and artificial-intelligence expert Kurzweil argued that computers might soon trump human intelligence.

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