Startling in scope and bravado. Janet Maslin, The New York Times Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world. Los Angeles Times Elaborate, smart and persuasive. The Boston Globe A pleasure to read. The Wall Street Journal One ofCBS News s Best Fall Books of 2005AmongSt Louis Post-Dispatch s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005One of Amazon.com s Best Science Books of 2005 A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author ofHow to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machineswho Bill Gates calls the best person I kw at predicting the future of artificial intelligence For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of techlogy in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the kwledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and kwledge-sharing ability of our creations.
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a twenty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called the restless genius byThe Wall Street Journaland the ultimate thinking machine byForbesmagazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs byInc.magazine, which described him as the rightful heir to Thomas Edison. PBS selected him as one of sixteen revolutionaries who made America, along with other inventors of the past two centuries. An inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize (the world s largest award for innovation), thirteen honorary doctorates, and awards from three U.S. presidents, he is the author of five other books: Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever(coauthored with Terry Grossman, M.D.), The Age of Spiritual Machines, The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, andThe Age of Intelligent Machines, and How to Create a Mind. Visit Ray Kurzweil on the web: http: //www.kurzweiltech.com http: //www.kurzweilai.net/