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The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology *SIGNED*: Kurzweil, Ray

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology *SIGNED*

Kurzweil, Ray

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ISBN 10: 0670033847 / ISBN 13: 9780670033843
Published by Viking, New York, 2005
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652pp. '7' present in number sequence on copyright page. Black boards with black backstrip and bright silver lettering. Glossy black dustwrapper, not price-clipped ($29.95) with title lettering over middle of front cover with subtitle in blue across top, author name in mandarin orange across bottom front cover; slight wrinkling across top spine, slight minor creasing across top front and rear cover edges, due to dw riding too high; tiny pealing of glossy lamination at top right front corner exposing tiny bit of white. Signed and inscribed to previous owner on title page. Now in mylar. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004677

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Title: The Singularity is Near: When Humans ...

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Previous Owner

Edition: First Edition, Seventh Printing.

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The MIT-Lemelson Prize-winning scientist and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines predicts that technology will one day merge with the human body and mind, describing a powerful human-machine civilization in which biological and virtual reality will coexist and numerous social and scientific problems will be resolved. 75,000 first printing.

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Advance Praise For The Singularity is Near

"Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence. His intriguing new book envisions a future in which information technologies have advanced so far and fast that they enable humanity to transcend its biological limitations-transforming our lives in ways we can't yet imagine."
-Bill Gates

"A brilliant book with deep insights into the future from one of the leading futurists of our time."
-Marvin Minsky, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT

"If you have ever wondered about the nature and impact of the next profound discontinuities that will fundamentally change the way we live, work, and perceive our world, read this book. Kurzweil's Singularity is a tour de force, imagining the unimaginable and eloquently exploring the coming disruptive events that will alter our fundamental perspectives as significantly as did electricity and the computer."
-Dean Kamen, physicist and inventor of the first wearable insulin pump, the HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, the IBOT Mobility System, and the Segway Human Transporter; recipient of the National Medal of Technology

"One of our leading AI practitioners, Ray Kurzweil, has once again created a 'must-read' book for anyone interested in the future of science, the social impact of technology, and indeed the future of our species. His though-provoking book envisages a future in which we transcend our biological limitations, while making a compelling case that a human civilization with superhuman capabilities is closer at hand than most people realize."
-Raj Reddy, founding director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; recipient of the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery

"Ray's optimistic book well merits both reading and thoughtful response. For those like myself whose views differ from Ray's on the balance of promise and peril, The Singularity is Near is a clear call for a continuing dialogue to address the greater concerns arising from these accelerating possibilities."
-Bill Joy, cofounder and former chief scientist, Sun Microsystems

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