When computers take over

Paul Davies

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Abstract

Book review of The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil. Viking/Duckworth: 2005. 672 pp. What if the current exponential increase in information-processing power could continue unabated? Ray Kurzweil's vision of the future of artificial intelligence, expounded in 'The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology', is a big hit. Big enough to make it the "13th most blogged-about book of 2005", in a New York Times list (http://tinyurl.com/nmnz2). Our reviewer, theoretical physicist Paul Davies, recommends it as a source of exhilarating speculation, but goes on to administer the "huge dose of salt" that comes with the territory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-422
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume440
Issue number7083
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    Davies, P. (2006). When computers take over. Nature, 440(7083), 421-422. https://doi.org/10.1038/440421a