The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2000 - Computers - 400 pages
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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.


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Contents

CHAPTER ONE THE LAW OF TIME AND CHAOS
CHAPTER TWO THE INTELLIGENCE OF EVOLUTION
CHAPTER FOUR A NEW FORM OF INTELLIGENCE ON EARTH
CHAPTER FIVE CONTEXT AND KNOWLEDGE
CHAPTER SEVEN AND BODIES
CHAPTER EIGHT 1999
PART THREE TO FACE THE FUTURE
CHAPTER TEN 2019
CHAPTER ELEVEN 2029
CHAPTER TWELVE 2099
HOW TO BUILD AN INTELLIGENT MACHINE IN THREE EASY PARADIGMS
GLOSSARY
NOTES
SUGGESTED READINGS
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Ray Kurzweil is a prize-winning author and scientist. Recipient of the MIT-Lemelson Prize (the world’s largest for innovation), and inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame, he received the 1999 National Medal of Technology. His books include The Age of SpiritualMachines and The Age of Intelligent Machines.

Visit Ray Kurzweil on the web:

http://www.kurzweiltech.com

http://www.kurzweilai.net/

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