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The Age of Spiritual Machines By Ray Kurzweil

The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil

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In this controversial book, the author looks at what the next century holds for the computer and the species that invented it. By 2020 computers will equal the capacity of the human brain, people will have relationships with virtual personalities and by the end of the century there will be no clear distinction between computers and people.

The Age of Spiritual Machines Summary

The Age of Spiritual Machines: How We Will Live, Work, and Think in the New Age of Intelligent Machines. by Ray Kurzweil

How We Will Live, Work, and Think in the New Age of Intelligent Machines; 1999...Computers able to perform a trillion calculations per second...Most routine business transactions take place between a human and virtual personality...Translating telephones are commonly used for most language pairs...Bioengineered treatments for cancer and heart disease greatly reduce the mortality from these diseases...Human musicians jam with cybernetic musicians. 2019...Computers equal the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain...Interaction with computers is through gestures and two-way spoken communication...Most learning conducted through software-based teachers instead of paper books and documents...Automated driving systems installed in most roads...People have relationships with automated personalities. 2029...Computers have the computing capacity of 1 000 human brains...Majority of communication does not involve a human...There is no human employment in production, agriculture or transportation...Computers have read all available human- and machine-generated literature and are now learning on their own...Machines claim to be conscious. 2049...The common use of nanoproduced food means that the availability of food is no longer affected by limited resources and bad crop weather. 2072...Picoengineering (developing technology at the scale of picometers or trillionths of a meter) becomes practical. 2099...There is no longer any clear distinction between humans and computers...Most conscious entities do not have a permanent physical presence...The goal of education, and of intelligent beings, is discovering new knowledge to learn...Life expectancy is no longer a viable term in relation to intelligent beings.

About Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is the world's leading authority on artificial intelligence. He is the found and chairman of Kurzweil Applied Intelligence. He was the principal developer of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind and has made other significant advances in artificial intelligence technology. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology named him Inventor of the Year in 1988 and Engineer of the Year in 1990. He is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

Table of Contents

Part One: Probing the Past Chapter One: The Law of Time and Chaos Chapter Two: The Intelligence of Evolution Chapter Three: Of Mind and Machines Chapter Four: A New Form of Intelligence on Earth Chapter Five: Context and Knowledge Part Two: Preparing the Present Chapter Six: Building New Brains..... Chapter Seven: ....and Bodies Chapter Eight: 1999 Part Three: To Face the Future Chapter Nine: 2009 Chapter Ten: 2019 Chapter Eleven: 2029 Chapter Twelve: 2099

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GOR010895427
9781587991226
1587991225
The Age of Spiritual Machines: How We Will Live, Work, and Think in the New Age of Intelligent Machines. by Ray Kurzweil
Used - Like New
Hardback
Cengage Learning, Inc
2001-10-06
399
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