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DesktopWeb FormText   book : Age of Spiritual MachinesSat, 06 Nov 2004 05:48:49 GMT # 

(Ray Kurzweil, 1999) had been meaning to read this book for some time. last week skicow posted this link which forced me to read it. Kurzweil is a bad ass. alot of his early inventions were speech and audio related to help the handicapped. then he wrote a book late 80s predicting that a computer would beat a chess champion in 1998. ended up he was wrong and it happened in 1997. so to cash in on that prediction ... he wrote this book :) cracked it open this morning ... and it reads really quick. it is an idea book (not technical). the book is divided into 3 parts : past, present, and future. along that timeline he collects evidence to backup his future predictions for the years : 2009, 2019, 2029 and 2099. most of his predictions are along the lines of machine intelligence outpacing humans, humans becoming more machine like, downloading intelligence to your brain and uploading your brain to a virtual reality. think 'The Matrix' movie ... supposedly this book (or his previous work) influenced those scripts. his ideas scares alot of people and Hawkins mentions (and refutes) this briefly in his book 'on intelligence'. honestly, i think Ray's predictions are technically feasible, but the human element will slow the timeline down; especially considering the evangelical outcome of this weeks election. his new book just came out Fantastic Voyage. it will soon be on my stack of 'books to be read'. it is going to explore the possibility of immortality. the xtians will definitely not go for that. without the fear of death / hell ... how are you going to control the sheep? dare i say ... terror