The Singularity is Near

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Gerald Duckworth & Co, Feb 11, 2010 - Science - 683 pages
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil examines the next step in the evolutionary process of the union of human and machine. He foresees the dawning of a new civilization where we will be able to transcend our biological skills with the vastly greater capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing abilities of our creations. In practical terms, human aging and illness will be reversed; pollution will be stopped and world hunger and poverty will be solved. There will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. The Singularity is Near offers a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.

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This is a comprehensive account of the state of the art of three interconnected technologies: genetics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. A major premise is that progress in these fields is ... Read full review

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Excellent charts (both log and linear) showing exponential growth and change. Accelerating pace of change is vividly depicted. Dense book with deep notes and references. Read full review


The Singularity Is Near
The SCurve of a Technology as Expressed in Its Life Cycle
DNA Sequencing Memory Communications the Internet
The Singularity as Economic Imperative
The Remote Robotic Robust SizeReduced Virtual
The Criticism from Software
Who Am I? What Am
and Dangers
Preparing the Defenses
Development of Defensive Technologies and the Impact

Achieving the Computational Capacity of the Human Brain
Is the Human Brain Different from a Computer?
Peering into the Brain
Building Models of the Brain
Interfacing the Brain and Machines
The Intersection of Information and the Physical
on the Human Brain
A Program for GNR Defense
The Criticism from Malthus
The Criticism from Analog Processing
The Criticism from Microtubules and Quantum Computing
The Criticism from LockIn
Can a Computer Be Conscious?
The Criticism from Theism

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Ray Kurzweil is one of the world s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called the restless genius by The Wall Street Journal and the ultimate thinking machine by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the rightful heir to Thomas Edison. PBS selected him as one of the sixteen revolutionaries who made America. Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. A recipient of the National Medal of Technology, Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and holds nineteen honorary doctorates, as well as honors from three U.S. presidents.

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