The Singularity Is Near
When Humans Transcend Biology
Publication Date: May 2011
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A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from Ray Kurzweil, whom Bill Gates calls "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence."
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a twenty-year track record of accurate predictions. The recipient of awards including the 1999 National Medal of Technology and the MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest award for innovation, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received nineteen honorary doctorates and honors from three United States presidents. Ray's previous books include The Age of Spiritual Machines, The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, and The Age of Intelligent Machines. George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent ten years in broadcast news, including for the American Forces Radio and Television Service and for rock radio in San Diego and Los Angeles. An American Academy of Dramatic Arts, West, graduate, his acting career includes stage, film, television, commercials, improvisational comedy, and stand-up. George has written and performed in over five hundred nationally syndicated short news satire features for public radio and NPR and has received a national Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award for Best Public Service Program. He has also scripted and hosted corporate videos for Sony, Merck, IBM, and Price Waterhouse. He is currently working on a suspense short story collection and a thriller novel.
"Startling in scope and bravado." ---Janet Maslin, The New York Times