The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

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First Published in 2005 by Viking Penguin

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology is a book by Ray Kurzweil.

"This book offers three things that will make it a seminal document. 1) It brokers a new idea, not widely known. 2) The idea is about as big as you can get: the Singularity — all the change in the last millions years will be superceded by the change in the next five minutes, and 3) It is an idea that demands informed response. The book’s claims are so footnoted, documented, graphed, argued, and plausible in small detail, that it requires the equal in response. Yet its claims are so outrageous that if true, it would mean… well … the end of the world as we know it, and the beginning of Utopia. Ray Kurzweil has taken all the strands of the Singularity meme circulating in the last decades and has united them into a single tome which he has nailed on our front door. I suspect this will be one of the most cited books of the decade. Like Paul Erlich’s upsetting 1972 book Population Bomb, fan or foe, it’s the wave at epicenter you have to start with." - Kevin Kelly[1]

Life's Technological Edge March 2008

15 minute excerpt from Ray's March 5, 2008, lecture at the University of Arizona. Presented as part of the College of Science's "The Edges of Life Lecture Series."[2]

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