September 26, 2006
September 26, 2006
For over three decades, 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.
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, the author of THE AGE OF SPIRITUAL MACHINES, provocatively argues that we are rapidly approaching the Singularity, a point in history in which advances in artificial intelligence, brain scanning, and nanotechnology will blur the division between humans and machines. When we are no longer limited by our current biology, the new technology will vastly extend our lifespans and our cognitive abilities, end hunger and want, and erase the difference between virtual and physical existence. Despite the dizzying potential of this science to alter our bodies and our future almost beyond recognition, Kurzweil urges us to welcome, not fear, these changes: we will still retain the best of what makes us human and, in fact, technology will enhance our humanity, not eradicate it.
- Genre: Health + Wellness, Medical, Technology, Science
- Subgenre: Neurology, Life Sciences / Genetics + Genomics, Life Sciences / Evolution, Genetics, Diseases / Genetic, Life Sciences / Biology, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Philosophy + Social Aspects, General, Biotechnology
- Language: English
- Author: Ray Kurzweil
- Online Item #: 11482166
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6719
- ISBN: 9780143037880
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported