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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,032 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Kurzweil Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from Ray Kurzweil, whom Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence”

For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist 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.

That merging is the essence of the Singularity, an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity. In this new world, there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality.

While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, The Singularity Is Near maintains a radically optimistic view of the future course of human development. As such, it 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.”

    Bill Gates

  • “Startling in scope and bravado.”

    New York Times

  • “Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Narrator George Wilson has the sort of deep, authoritative voice you’d want for a book such as this…Wilson also varies his cadence and emphasis to create a rhythm that is both easy to follow and interesting to the ear.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin J. Rogers | 2/17/2014

    " This is going to require a rather lengthy review. There's a lot to discuss here, as Kurzweil lays out an argument for a fundamental change in the very nature of our species. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Costacoralito | 2/9/2014

    " Some things seem to be to radical to consider... until Kurzweil convinces you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony Canas | 2/7/2014

    " This book is similar to "Physics of the Future" but a lot more optimistic. Basically he comes to the conclusion that everything with technology will take off exponentially and we'll have all sorts of crazy technologies within the next 50 years or so to the point of being able to extend our lives for ever. I liked "Physics of the Future" better because he seems more realistic and a LOT more fun to read than this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Susie | 1/12/2014

    " Read parts for our Wednesday morning group - bad writer - redundant - needed a better editor - lots of far out notions of how science will "fix" all of our ecological, energy, etc problems. Nano technology, robots, etc Interesting discussion. "

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