The Singularity Is Near

The Singularity Is Near

When Humans Transcend Biology

Book - 2005
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Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005
ISBN: 9780670033843
Branch Call Number: 153.9 K967S
Characteristics: xvii, 652 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Dec 07, 2018

What a puff-toad of the most venal kind of undeserved self-confidence. Full of sound and fury and self. Unreadable, made-up techno-babble. A punishment on humanity Google embraced as a brother. Looking forward to the platform prosecutions coming and the otcome of Gonzalez v Google, in which plaintiff claims Youtube (now Google, too!) the company facilitated an esp devastating Islamic terrorist attack at a restaurant in Paris by facilitating terrorists' communications! Looking forward to the evil company's demise esp if it takes out tiresome Kurzweil, self-apptd legend, with it.

The more gripping read are the many criticisms of the author's tiresome drivel, which should not be confused with exciting and real developments unfolding at MIT's Digital Economy Group.

The truth is, unelected unions still impede so much progress. Today in Canada, not one public or private agency tracks in any meaningful way the future of work. Govt agencies rely on the same self-interested unions to create employment projections, but we all know these are simply wishful thinking.

May 29, 2018

I won't "star" rate this because I hardly read any of it for these reasons. Maybe you will have a better experience. 1) the downloading process seemed not to complete; maybe it was a bad day for the library computer. 2) The main part starts, strangely, in Chapter Three and goes on for pages and pages about the semiconductor/electronics revolution, not AI. 3) The author states numerous times " I explained in my (other) book..." or "I am going to tell you about it later in Chapter...). I have little patience for authors who continually self-reference, as though not knowing how to proceed or by arrogance that they "know it all." The explanations I read are a skimming over the top of the subjects. If you are looking for a book about AI, I'd suggest trying other titles.

morrisonist Sep 04, 2015

outlaw sex? are we kidding?

May 07, 2015

Hardcore techno-optimism. Very boldly written; many wild speculations, but somewhat reasonable at the same time. Fails to give adequate consideration to human weaknesses, mutability, and propensity to hubris.

Nov 20, 2014

While it may seem alien at first, if you think about it for a minute, how many people would be willing to have an iphone or similar device embedded under their skin? A digital display panel "grown" in your own retina with the aid of nanobots? A future so wild yet so believable and paradoxically, so very out of reach of the average american. The author consumes over 250 supplemental pills daily and that alone speaks volumes about the potential costs of such a technological revolution and who will benefit from it in the next hundred years.
Well worth the read and if anyone knows what the future holds for humanity tech wise, it is Ray Kurzweil

Apr 19, 2013

Though not a real fan of AI, its always interesting to see proponents such as Kurzweil attempt to further the reach of possibilty. Of prime interest is his keen effort at trying to understand how the mind works, how perception is perception, and his views of reality (are we naught but holograms) getes far-fetched and amusing, but quite logical. Eyes that do not see, replacements of all our organs is possilbe, life until maybe 1,000. A shorter version comes loud and clear by reading and researching his notes, which are only 100 pages, but worthy of 6 months work. His charge into other fields is exceptional. Consilience at work (see wilson's book on). This kind of research will replace space and NASA, as shown by the current US presidents' changed emphasis -- only took 60 years to do so. This tome hints at success in numerous biological areas. Truly fascinating display of human ingenuity, and farseeking capabilities.
Godel, Echer and Bach are another heavy-weighted work.


Dec 16, 2012

Ray's analysis sounds logical to me. Advances in information technology has been changing the world faster and faster in the past thirty years, and the trends show the pace of change is accelerating. Hard to believe how much the world will change in the next thirty years. But had someone told my dad in the 1930's that his children would take moon rockets, the internet, and smart phones for granted he would have thought that was wildly far-fetched. This book is a dense read but the payoff is well-worth it in my opinion.

Apr 02, 2011

This book is Moore's Law dragged out to hundreds of pages: computing power doubles every two years. However, Kurzweil starts applying it to all technology and progress in general, and starts talking about the expansion of intelligence (in the form of some future machine-man hybrid) into the entire universe before 2100. In this he gets completely carried away.

It might be possible that machines can create better versions of themselves in the future, and that in turn creates an explosive rate of technological development, but generalizing it to all areas of scientific advancement is a little much.

This book is worth perusing if you can ignore the repetition and wild tangents he goes on.

Also read "The World in 2050" a shorter, better and less far-fetched book.


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