The Age of Spiritual Machines

The Age of Spiritual Machines

By Ray Kurzweil

  • Release Date: 1999-01-01
  • Genre: Computers
Score: 4
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Description

Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews

  • Mind blowing book

    5
    By leviathanpr
    I first read this in 2003. This book changed my outlook on the universe. It expanded my view of who I was, the story of our civilization and offered a hint of what's coming. I used its insight as a guide for technology and time investment and it totally paid off. Years later I look back, and I am still very fond of this book. Mu favorite to date.
  • Wordy

    3
    By Nomas87
    It is an interesting read, for sure, but he takes to long to make his points and becomes bogged down in sentence structure. Just say it, Ray!
  • great book, but no editing

    4
    By Allan.Mackenzie.Graham
    Simply put the book itself is outstanding. Kurzweil's ideas are the stuff of science fiction, but a science fiction that will come to pass. And soon. Well reasoned and intelligent, I highly recommend this book. That said, this ebook appears to have been scanned, OCR'd (optical character recognition) and then NOT edited. There are so many errors it is distracting. I am very disappointed that Apple couldn't do a better job in converting this text into an ebook. Five stars for the book, minus one star for the abysmal editing.

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