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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date September 26, 2006
Pages 652
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780143037880
ISBN-10 0143037889
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Original list price $24.00
Other format details sci/tech
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A controversial scientific vision by the author of The Age of Spiritual Machines predicts a time in which humans and machines will merge and create a new form of non-biological intelligence, explaining how the occurrence will solve such issues as pollution, hunger, and aging. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “Startling in scope and bravado.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” —Los Angeles Times

“Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” —The Boston Globe

“A pleasure to read.” —The Wall Street Journal

One of CBS News’s Best Fall Books of 2005 • Among St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 • One of Amazon.com’s Best Science Books of 2005

A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from t
he bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence”


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.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670033843
 
from Viking Pr (September 22, 2005)
9780670033843 | details & prices | 652 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 2.00 in. | 2.15 lbs | List price $29.95
About: A controversial scientific vision predicts a time in which humans and machines will merge and create a new form of non-biological intelligence, explaining how the occurrence will solve such issues as pollution, hunger, and aging.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780118844895 Book cover for 9780143037880
 
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from Penguin USA (September 26, 2006)
9780143037880 | details & prices | 652 pages | 6.25 × 8.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $24.00
About: A controversial scientific vision by the author of The Age of Spiritual Machines predicts a time in which humans and machines will merge and create a new form of non-biological intelligence, explaining how the occurrence will solve such issues as pollution, hunger, and aging.
With Stationery Office (other contributor) | from The Stationery Office/Tso (November 1, 1994); titled "Geology of the Country Around Harrogate"
9780118844895 | details & prices | List price $40.00
This edition also contains Geology of the Country Around Harrogate

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