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The Age of Spiritual Machines

When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Narrated by: Alan Sklar
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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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 21st 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.

©Ray Kurzweil, 1998; ©1998 Penguin Audiobooks

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"A sage, compelling vision of the future from one of our nation's leading innovators." (Mike Brown, Chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Former CFO of Microsoft)

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As relevant today as when it was first written.

There are shades of Huxley in the predictions of Kurzweil. What looked like bold predictions for the first three decades of this century now look to be (almost but not entirely) inevitable. His influence on the (continuiing) development of the Googles, Facebooks and Amazons shouldn't be underestimated. Well worth the read and will be coming back soon.