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

Book Description:
The national bestseller lists of the “ultimate thinking machine” (Forbes) whose predictions for the future are startling, provocative – & closer into wear than you think. Ray Kurzweil is an inventor of innovative & compelling technology of our time, an international authority on artificial intelligence, & one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for questions for the twenty-first century – an era in which marriage is changing the sensitivity of human & artificial intelligence fundamentally improved & the way in which we live.

Kurzweil prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity & computing capacity of the human brain by 2020 (with human-level capabilities never far behind), are in relationships with automated personalities, our teachers , association & lover, & information fed directly into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic & challenging, thought-provoking & engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our journey into the next century.

“The Age of Spiritual Machines will Blow Your Mind …. Kurzweil specifies a scenario that may seem like science fiction, if never from a proven entrepreneur.” – San Francisco Chronicle, The Age of Spiritual Machines appeared on national best-seller lists, including the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle Kurzweil’s first book, The Age of Intelligent Machines, won the Association of American Publishers Award for outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990 How much do we people do, enjoy our actual status as the most intelligent beings on the earth? Enough into try into stop our own inventions from surpassing us in smarts? If so, we’d better pull the plug right now, because if Ray Kurzweil right we have just surpassed until about 2020 before computers, the human brain in computing power. Kurzweil, artificial intelligence expert & author of The Age of Intelligent Machines, shows that the technological development is moving at an exponential pace.

Furthermore, he claims, in a sort of swirling postulate, time speeds up in order of increasing importance, & vice versa. He calls this the “law of time & chaos,” & it means that although entropy slows the flow of time for the universe as a whole, & thus significantly increasing the time between major events in the eddy of technological development, the exact opposite has happened, & events will soon be faster & more furious. This means that we better find out how into work with conscious machines as soon as possible – they’ll soon never only be able into beat us at chess, but also the increasing demand for civil rights & could finally understand the very dream of human immortality.

The Age of Spiritual Machines is compelling & accessible, & never necessarily the best from start into finish into read – it is less difficult when you jump around historical (Kurzweil encourages this). Much of the content of the book lays the foundation for the timeline into justify Kurzweil, a primer binding bid on the philosophical & technological ideas behind the study of consciousness. Instead of a gee-whiz futuristic manifesto reads like a story Spiritual Machines of the future, without too much science fiction dystopianism. Instead, Kurzweil shows us the logical outgrowths of actual trends, with all the associated opportunities. This is the book, when we say our first computer “hello will turn.” – Therese Littleton

Ray Kurzeil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990. He was awarded the Dickson Prize, Carnegie Mellon’s top science prize, in 1994. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology named him the Inventor of the Year in 1988. He is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and honors from two U.S. presidents. Kurzweil lives in a suburb of Boston.

Ray Kurzweil is a 21st century polymath. He is a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author, visionary and futurist. As a scientist and inventor he has pioneered work in optical character recognition (OCR), speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. As an entrepreneur, Kurzweil has founded businesses in the fields of OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality and financial investment. He is the author of numerous books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), the technological singularity and futurism. The Kurzweilian version of the future is the inevitable merger of humans and intelligent machines.

In this discussion with Computer History Museum Senior Curator Dag Spicer, Kurzweil shares his vision of how technology will re-shape the human body (and culture generally) into one that incorporates advanced technologies into a new type of post-human organism. Kurzweil sees this transformation occurring over the next 20 to 50 years and beginning with the integration of electronic-based systems into the human body. Some decades after that, a further transformation occurs–one based on nanotechnology—which incorporates the manipulation and construction of interfaces and complex systems based on atomic-level structures that merge with and control specific bodily functions and attack its problems (i.e. cancer). Some of the philosophical implications of Kurzweils vision are also discussed.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Michael Roberts
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 11:19:16

    Futurism as a topic is absolutely fascinating to me. Obviously I’m well versed in Michio Kaku…but who else would you suggest I research/read about?


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