The Singularity Is Near

The Singularity Is Near

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For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology 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 knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.Companies using these systems report that they reduce the need for human service agents up to 80 percent. ... In 2005 the Acura RL and Honda Odyssey will be offering a system from IBM that allows users to converse with their cars.208 Driving directions will ... This contrasts with other translation systems, in which linguists painstakingly code grammar rules with long lists of exceptions to each rule.

Title:The Singularity Is Near
Author:Ray Kurzweil
Publisher:Penguin - 2005-09-22


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