Book Review Of Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity Is Near

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Marc Karp 11ZN

The following book review will discuss Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near which was published by Viking Penguin in 2005. It is a non-fiction book based on predicting what the future holds for both humanity and technology summarised in 652 pages.
The Singularity is, according to Kurzweil, The day “Humans transcend biology”. It is further understandable as the day when technology advances over biological evolution and is therefore not susceptible to evolutions limitations any more. In short, The Singularity is an advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) that is not limited to a biological anatomy. The book’s main theme is centralised around the prediction of when The Singularity will be among us. Kurzweil explains that Evolution is broken up into six Epochs. Epoch 5 is where the Singularity will begin. The Epochs range from Epoch one, which is the most basic in terms of information in atomic structures to Epoch 6, which is where intelligence and knowledge is so wide spread that it reaches the far ends of the universe. He explains that this evolution is not limited to biology but also technology. The book also emphasises that technology is growing exponentially and as a result it is hard to see the trend. Kurzweil believes that we are very close to being able to upload a human’s brain into a computer. Nanotechnology is also mentioned in the book and Kurzweil believes that this technology will greatly increase our lifespan and even more so by the introduction
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