Ray Kurzweil: The Singularity is Near

Posted 4 Oct 2005 at 02:02 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

We recently reported on Ray Kurzweil in a recent Forbes article. Well, now it looks like the hype and review of his new book, "The Singularity is Near" has reached epic proportions and are showing up on everyone's radar screen. If you don't know who Ray Kurzweil is, that's probably a good thing, but if you do know him, he's probably already twisted your view of future reality and future human-tech ghost in the shell type possibilities. He's entertaining if a bit kooky and from all the companies he's started he'll fake you into believing himself to be intelligent. So you are drawn to him, repulsed by him and intrigued by him all at the same time. Anyway, check out what future geekyness he has to say but be on your guard as many of his predictions about the future could be cool but yet again they're weird and will keep you debating on whether they should or should not come true.

Slashdot's discussion., posted 4 Oct 2005 at 05:55 UTC by RossumsChild » (Observer)

There is an informative Slashdot thread about Singularity. Worth a glance if you're curious to see what the community thinks of the man.

Personally I read The Age of Spiritual Machines a couple years back and found it informative but at times misleading and not entirely justified. His track record is excellent but some of his futurist notions are. . .somewhat surreal. Still, he's not a complete charlatan. He's even personally helped bring about some of the technological leaps he's predicted, which is impressive. I wish some of our political pundits would take it upon themselves to deliver a tiny bit of what they sometimes promise.

Also, for the interested, Rossum's Children has a post about an interview he did with C-net last week. Worth a read if you're following the blogstorm about him.

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