The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Paperback)

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Probably the craziest / smartest book I've ever read! Find out how you could live to be a thousand and how we'll eventually organize every atom in the universe into a giant supercomputer!


— From John's Recommendations


"Startling in scope and bravado." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world." --Los Angeles Times

"Elaborate, smart and persuasive." --The Boston Globe

"A pleasure to read." --The Wall Street Journal

One of CBS News's Best Fall Books of 2005 - Among St Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 - One of's Best Science Books of 2005

A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines who Bill Gates calls "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence"

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.

About the Author

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a twenty-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 "sixteen revolutionaries who made America," along with other inventors of the past two centuries. An inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize (the world's largest award for innovation), thirteen honorary doctorates, and awards from three U.S. presidents, he is the author of five other books: Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever (coauthored with Terry Grossman, M.D.), The Age of Spiritual Machines, The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, and The Age of Intelligent Machines, and How to Create a Mind. Visit Ray Kurzweil on the web: http: // http: //

Praise For…

Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world. (Los Angeles Times)

A pleasure to read. (The Wall Street Journal)

The best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence (Bill Gates)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143037880
ISBN-10: 0143037889
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2006
Pages: 652
Language: English