H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

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Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch achieves what could be called godhood for the universe’s surviving intelligences. [...]