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The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
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Jul 07, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 07 to 22, 2011 — I own a copy

Kurzweil is the inventor of OCR, voice recognition and a futurist. I've known about his technology for work, but the concept of AI (not the basketball guy) evolvolution is interesting. Technological singularity refers to the hypothetical future emergence of greater-
than human intelligence - something our grandkids will have to understand and live with.... more later...
Part of me was interested in exploring what a futurist saw as our technology speeds into the future and the other part of me was trying to tie that potential to the moral, ethical and theological implications it held. Each generation has to deal with these heady questions. But the main point of this book, from my perspective, is that the future challenges are going to be much more challenging and they are going to demand answers much more quickly than the past. We’ll have to deal with the “knee of the curve!”
The stuff Kurzweil explores is interesting and most of it will evolve – his timing is questionable mostly from a social/legal control perspective. The technical stuff may be a bit far out, but not by much. It is clear that technology is changing faster than we are. It is clear that our understanding of the human body, mind, and psych is becoming more understood. It is clear that how these two will potential integrate, intersect, interrelate is a HUGE question.
An interesting read … bring a science dictionary with you …

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