This month’s Book Club read is a little on the hefty side (only 670 pages) and is a major mind bender to be considered a fun beach read. Well, that’s not entirely true. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil could be considered a fun beach read—- for Sheldon Cooper.
This book is intense, and even in the audiobook version it could result in serious sun burns.
Ray Kurzweil is one of the most well-known futurists on the planet, and currently the guy behind Google’s ability to not predict your searches, but rather to predict you.
“Within a quarter century, nonbiological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence. It will then soar past it because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge. Intelligent nanorobots will be deeply integrated in our bodies, our brains, and our environment, overcoming pollution and poverty, providing vastly extended longevity, full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses (like “The Matrix”), “experience beaming” (like “Being John Malkovich”), and vastly enhanced human intelligence. The result will be an intimate merger between the technology-creating species and the technological evolutionary process it spawned.”
Can we get a “Wha, wha?”
Exactly. It’s a bit of a mind fuck. Check out the author’s promo video here.
Well PDers, your mission should you choose to accept it, is to pour over this tom (pick up your copy here), and let us know what you think down in the comments.