dw2 | The world’s most eminent sociologist highlights the technological singularity

February 20, 2013

dw2 — February 20, 2013 | David William Wood

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Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil, who has recently become an Engineering Director at Google. Kurzweil’s book makes it clear that: Within our lifetimes, human beings will no longer be human beings; there are multiple accelerating rates of change in several different disciplines; The three main disciplines contributing to the singularity are nanotech, AI, and biotech; All are transforming our understanding of the human body and, more importantly, the human mind; This is described by the “Law of accelerating returns”; Progress is not just linear but geometrical. This book opens our minds to multiple possibilities of what it means to be human, as technology penetrates us. [...]