Cover of: The age of spiritual machines | Ray Kurzweil

About the Book

Imagine a world where the difference between man and machine blurs, where the line between humanity and technology fades, and where the soul and the silicon chip unite. This is not science fiction. This is the twenty-first century according to Ray Kurzweil, the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era. In his inspired hands, life in the new millennium no longer seems daunting. Instead, it promises to be an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. More than just a list of predictions, Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future guides us through the inexorable advances that will 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); relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Eventually, the distinction between humans and computers will have become sufficiently blurred that when the machines claim to be conscious, we will believe them. - Back cover.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader V
Acknowledgements XI
Prologue: An Inexorable Experience 1
PART ONE: PROBING THE PAST
Chapter One: The Law of Time and Chaos 9
Chapter Two: The Intelligence of Evolution 40
Chapter Three: Of Mind and Machines 51
Chapter Four: A New Form of Intelligence on Earth 66
Chapter Five: Context and Knowledge 89
PART TWO: PREPARING THE PRESENT
Chapter Six: Building New Brains 101
Chapter Seven: ... And Bodies 133
Chapter Eight: 1999 157
PART THREE: TO FACE THE FUTURE
Chapter Nine: 2009 189
Chapter Ten: 2019 202
Chapter Eleven: 2029 220
Chapter Twelve: 2099 234
Epilogue: The Rest of the Universe Revisited 253
Time Line 261
How to Build an Intelligent Machine in Three Easy Paradigms 281
Glossary 298
Notes 315
Suggested Readings 344
Web Links 369
Index 377

Edition Notes

"First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin ... 1999"--T.p. verso

Includes bibliographical references (p. [344]-368) and index

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
006.3
Library of Congress
Q335 .K88 1999

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xii, 388 p. :
Number of pages
388

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22761759M
Internet Archive
ageofspiritualma00kurz
ISBN 10
0140282025, 0-670-88217-8
OCLC/WorldCat
43335171
Library Thing
5924
Goodreads
83533
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