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Old January 2nd, 2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Have you read a book called "the singularity is near"?

Subtitle: When Humans Transcend Biology

A critical and optimistic view of the future course of human development by "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence" says Bill Gates.

"Startling in scope and bravado" says Janet Maslin of the NYTimes

"Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world" says the LA Times

"Elaborate, smart, and persuasive" says The Boston Globe

"A pleasure to read" says the WSJournal

Description from the back cover:

At the onset of the 21st century, humanity stands on the verge of the most transforming and thrilling period in its history. It will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil presents a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.

I have not started reading this yet. Just wanted to know if anyone else on this board has heard of or read this book, which was a NYTimes bestseller. Thank you!
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