Chloe Fagence Fagence itibaren Calden, Almanya
After reading this book I was completely giddy about the future. Everything suddenly seemed possible, nothing impossible, all without invoking anything supernatural. This is what I was looking for to replace my lost religion. Ray Kurzweil pointed out the now obvious end result of the rapid exponential advances in computer technology. Others discovered the trends long before but Ray Kurzweil put it all together in one incredibly fun book to read. Kurzweil’s thesis rests on the exponential growth of computer power/memory/speed and the inevitability of computers one day exceeding human level intelligence. As a byproduct all sciences including biology, chemistry, and physics, will progress exponentially as well converging into a technological singularity. This is the event horizon where humans today cannot comprehend what lies beyond because our knowledge, and possibly minds, are currently too feeble. However, Ray Kurzweil still attempts to imagine what lies beyond the singularity and that’s where the book gets fun. Kurzweil imagines a world where anything is possible, which includes living forever, intelligent nanomachines, super machine intelligences, enhancing our brains and bodies beyond recognition, eradicating poverty, living in a utopian society, travelling across the universe with ease, and even creating new universes altogether. It’s fun to imagine and after reading I was a complete believer. However, with time I honed my skeptical skills and tempered my enthusiasm by realizing that this is still all speculation and not science. One thing has not changed though, and that is my excitement for advancing computer technology and the belief that one day man will create a machine that excels in every human activity.