The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2000 - Computers - 400 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

User Review  - Ed Terrell - Goodreads

It's difficult to read a book written 15 years ago that spends 50% of the time discussing the future. I would skip this one and go right to Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near". Read full review

Review: The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

User Review  - Jackie - Goodreads

While Kurzweil's predictions are not faring well for 2019, I don't much doubt that at some point in this century, the majority of his predictions will become reality. Read full review

Contents

A NOTE TO THE READER
xi
THE LAW OF TIME AND CHAOS 9
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THE INTELLIGENCE OF EVOLUTION
640
OF MIND AND MACHINES 57
651
A NEW FORM OF INTELLIGENCE ON EARTH 66
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Intelligence rapidly creates satisfying sometimes surprising plans that meet
673
CONTEXT AND KNOWLEDGE 89
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BUILDING NEW BRAINS
701
2009 769
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2019
802
2099
834
A 1000 computing device is now approximately equal to the computa
878
There is a strong trend toward a merger of human thinking with the world
880
GLOSSARY
915
SUGGESTED READINGS
944
WEB LINKS 369
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AND BODIES 133
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1999
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About the author (2000)

Ray Kurzweil has been described as ?the restless genius? by the Wall Street Journal, and ?the ultimate thinking machine? by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the ?rightful heir to Thomas Edison,? and PBS included Ray as one of 16 ?revolutionaries who made America,? along with other inventors of the past two centuries. As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray?s website Kurzweil AI.net has more than one million readers. Among Ray?s many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame , established by the US Patent Office. He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

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