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The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
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it was ok
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This book is lengthy speculation founded on shaky assumptions. There are dozens of technological problems that Kurzweil has overlooked that have already been better explained by others. I'll limit myself to one that is pointed out less frequently.

Kurzweil's entire theory is predicated on the idea that technological progress is directly related to mathematical intelligence. His straightforward charts bear no resemblance to the actual history of technology, which isn't simply the biggest brains making the biggest advances. Real growth comes from collaboration, fortunate accidentals, societal conditions, tangential discoveries, and raw hours doing the necessary experiments. Those things aren't going to magically become faster simply because we have faster processors.
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March 29, 2012 – Shelved as: non-fiction
March 29, 2012 – Shelved

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