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The Singularity

GeneticsI did it. I read The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil cover to cover. I have to admit that this was the most difficult book I have ever read. It is a bit hard to summarize but basically the singularity is how Ray describes the merger of biological humans and machines. He makes a strong set of arguments, based on empirical and historical data, that computers will have more storage and vastly more computing capability than humans within 20-30 years or less. The implications are profound and will be troubling to many people. I suspect that if someone had described the world wide web to us thirty years ago that many people would have said no thanks. If you have grandchildren, as I do, this book makes you think what things will like for them when they by the time they become parents. At some point I may write more about the sigularity but for now I’ll share awareness of the book. If you like to be challenged and learn about provocative things, you will find Ray’s 500 pages (plus 150+ for notes and index) to be a winner.

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