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    DescriptionFor 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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    Title
    The Singularity is Near
    Subtitle
    When Humans Transcend Biology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ray Kurzweil, Narrator George K. Wilson
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452601830
    ISBN 10: 1452601836
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TEC000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI010000, SCI000000
    DC22: 153.9
    BISAC V2.8: COM051010
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56000
    LC classification: QP376 .K85 2011B
    Thema V1.0: TB, PD
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    04 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors and the author of books including "The Age of Intelligent Machines" and "The Singularity Is Near." George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards.
    Review quote
    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