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The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
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it was amazing

Summary: Not for the scientifically feint of heart! This book goes into such detail and precision of constructing a case for the exponentially accelerating advancing of technology.

The key technological advancements of the 21st century involve GNR: Genetics, Nano-Technology, & Robots. Detail goes into what has already been achieved in these fields, and what is currently underway (albeit, 2004-2005, prior to even Watson).

More emphasis is placed on the exponential developments of "Strong" Artificial Intelligence, and the technological and political benefits and consequences.

Review: The all-encompassing volume of the Singularity is ridiculous, to the point of producing a paradigm shift.

In effect, the "Singularity" is the point at which technology is doubling in performance/price so quickly, that even the exponential curve exponentiates itself, and the speed of doubling becomes perceivably infinite to humans.

If you are into the exponential pace of technology from a scientific, innovation, or want to read the details to develop a big-picture point of view, this book is definitely for you!

5/5 Stars

Food for thought: What happens when technology supports us into the 'average' age of 120 years?

What happens when we start duplicating our consciousness into a virtual medium after our physical bodies reach their limit?

There will always be a market for these in a capitalist system. In effect, the rich will be the first adapters, and quickly it will become feasible for everyone else to adapt the technology as well. Ie. Computers, cellphones, cars, etc.

Metaphorically speaking, you would be paying a fee to get into a heaven (parallelism to the roman catholic church of the 8th to 15th century).

If World of Warcraft has 12 million subscribers, then it would be inevitable.
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