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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 9
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 9

2029: The human brain has been mapped. Computers can pass the Turing Test. It will now be impossible to disengage the human-machine society. Cyborgs: Computer implants have been made for the eyes and ears…implants help the mentally disabled and create super-geniuses. Human Factor: The ethical, social implications are massive. What kind […]

The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 8
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 8

2019: Ubiquitous Computers: Kurzweil believes that by 2019, computers will be imbedded in furniture, clothing etc basically everything. What would be the purpose: maintaining dryness? Tracking condition? Why would people willfully grade their furniture? Human Factor: need is not clear. Virtual Reality: There will be internet interfaces in a virtual reality, […]

Why Kurzweil Is Wrong
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Why Kurzweil Is Wrong

Here are the TOP 10 reasons that Kurzweil might not have super accurate predictions about the future of the entire human species: 1)    NO ONE CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE ACCURATELY. No human being can know with certainty what will happen in the future. Will water levels rise in 2012 or 2013 […]

The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 6
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 6

The central hypotheses of Kurzweil’s book: • He believes that computers with human-like intelligence will be affordable to average people (presumably 1st World citizens) within the next 2 decades. This is possible thanks to the Law of Accelerating Returns. • He believes that humanity and computers will become one unified […]

The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 10
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 10

[This is a criticism of Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines] 2099: Kurzweil predicts a merger between human and mechanical technology. Cybernetic implants allow humans to link with computers. We will not have a physical form but would exist in computer reality. Robot bodies are created at will. A.I. Rights: Kurzweil […]

The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 4
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 4

Attacking Luddites, Cautious Progressivism & The Frankenstein Factor Kurzweil tries to portray the original luddites as a small crazed movement that was inevitably destroyed. Luddites were originally a movement against textile manufactures in 19th Century England. They didn’t like how manufacturing had led to increased child labour, starvation and mass […]

The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 3
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 3

The Human Factor I believe the human factor makes Kurzweil’s predictions unlikely to be true. No future can be predicted accurately, that is extremely foolish. The Human Factor is the term used in this article to describe that unpredictable humans nature which is capable of  changing their political views. Kurzweil’s […]

The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 2
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The Age of Spiritual Machines: Part 2

Defining Kurzweil’s Work: Academic Analysis for a Non-Academic Work The book The Age of Spiritual Machines explores the future of human/artificial intelligence using a classic exercise in “what ifs.” This is called speculative science and futurology. Because this is predictive, in the same way that a fortune teller is predictive, […]