The Age Of Spiritual Machines
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
On Sale: January 1, 2000
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The national bestseller by the "ultimate thinking machine"
(Forbes) whose predictions for the future are startling,
provocative--and closer to fruition than you think.
Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and
compelling technology of our era, an international authority
on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living
visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the
twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human
sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters
and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint
for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably
result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and
computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020
(with human-level capabilities not far behind); in
relationships with automated personalities who will be our
teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed
straight into our brains along direct neural pathways.
Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging,
The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our
road into the next century.
"The Age of Spiritual Machines will blow your mind. . . .
Kurzweil lays out a scenario that might seem like science
fiction if it weren't coming from a proven entrepreneur."--
San Francisco Chronicle
The Age of Spiritual Machines appeared on national
bestseller lists, including the Boston Globe and the San
Kurzweil's first book, The Age of Intelligent Machines, won
the Association of American Publishers Award for the Most
Outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990
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