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The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

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By (author) Ray Kurzweil, Narrator George K. Wilson

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 178mm x 46mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452631832
  • ISBN 13: 9781452631837
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged library ed

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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.

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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.

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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