Rapture for the Geeks

When AI Outsmarts IQ

By Richard Dooling
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307405265, 260pp.)

Publication Date: November 24, 2009

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"Nimble and entertaining . . . A fascinating historical review of our longtime obsession with machines."
-David Takami, "Seattle Times"
In "Rapture for the Geeks," Richard Dooling looks at what some of the greatest minds have to say about our roles in a future in which technology rapidly leaves us in the dust. Is the era of Singularity, when machines outthink humans, almost upon us? Will we be enslaved by our supercomputer overlords, as many sci-fi writers have wondered? Or will humans live lives of leisure with computers doing all the heavy lifting?
With antic wit, fearless prescience, and common sense, Dooling provocatively examines nothing less than what it means to be human in what he playfully calls the age of B.S. (before Singularity)-and what life will be like when we are no longer alone with Mother Nature at Darwin's card table.
"One doesn't expect a nonfiction book to be fascinating, chilling, thoughtful, and funny in equal measure. This one is."-Kurt Andersen
"Dooling really is onto something here."-Ars Technica.



About the Author
Richard Dooling is a writer and a lawyer. His second novel, White Man's Grave, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and he has also been a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. He lives with his wife and children in Omaha, and commutes online to Bryan Cave, LLP, in St Louis, where he specializes in developing Web-based legal products.
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