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Age of Spiritual Machines Hb Hardcover – January 1, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Business (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752820788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752820781
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,606,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ray Kurzweil is a prize-winning author and scientist. He was named Inventor of the Year by MIT in 1988 and was awarded the Dickson Prize, Carnegie Mellon's top science prize, in 1994. He is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and honors from two American presidents. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
WOW, what a book, what a magnificent book. There are very few people in the same league as Ray Kurzweil. You don't read a book like this looking for Shakespeare's ways with a word. You read it for the ideas, the unique, fabulous thought provoking ideas that the author presents. I have read several of his other works, and have also noticed that if you want, you can jump around a lot with Kurzweil's works, and you are not hurt by it.

The author W. Somerset Maughm (Of Human Bondage) use to walk into bookstores, purchase a book or books, and rip out the first 30 pages. When he would go on holiday as the Europeans say, which was constant, he would read the 30 pages of each work. If he liked what he was reading, he would return to pick up the rest of the book and finish it at his leisure. If he didn't, he would never pick up the rest of the book.

I mention this because the ideas that Kurzweil is presenting are so COMPELLING, that they reach out and grab you. Every page has something new and important that you need to know if you are into Futurology, and who isn't. The book basically lays out a chronological timetable of the future of computers, artificial intelligence and when you really come right down to it, MACHINE INTELLIGENCE.

Kurzweil believes that eventually machine intelligence will overtake human intelligence, and he lays it out step-by-step, and decade-by-decade. He also gives the reader an overview of the growth of computer power via Moore's Law since the inception. I am reminded of the 1950's when then President Eisenhower was taken to see a computer in action. The primitive device by our standards was huge, occupying an entire wing of a building. They told the President, you could ask it any question, and it would give you an answer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brad Delozier on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't believe what I was reading when I started in on this book. I thought this guy was crazy until I began investigating who he was and saw an interview with Glenn Beck. Once I began seeing some of the things in his book (written nearly 10 years ago),coming to fruition, I was hooked. I've been watching his blogs all the time.
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early, thank you...

As a recommendation to read (Glenn Beck) along with several others... I shall revise this review once I have read the book.

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