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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."

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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.

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

"The best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence." ---Bill Gates

"Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world." ---The 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." ---AudioFile
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The Singularity Is Near

When Humans Transcend Biology

Author Ray Kurzweil

Narrated by George K. Wilson

Publication date May 4, 2011

Running time 25 hrs

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