Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
Don't miss out on this book. It should start out with "Y'all ain't gonna believe this s _ _ _!"
What a wild and jaw-dropping read! Ray Kurzwell is a real visionary, and the array of subject matter contained in this book is awesome. I can hardly believe his ideas about the future of mankind and artifical intelligence. Though my back aches and my arthritis is killing me, Kurzwell makes me want to live another seventy-one years just to see if what he says turns out to be true. i can only hope that his vision of the future becomes reality so that my great-grandchildren can witness and benefit from the fantastic future outlined in his book.
Kurzwell's views on robotics and artificial intelligence, cloning, reverse-engineering the human brain (?), nanotechnology, world hunger, immortality, conquest of the Universe, treating diabetes successfully (to mention just a few topics) are logically presented, and carefully explained in layman's terms. I have listened to this book several (like seven or eight) times and it has not lost my interest yet. I love the book. I agree with the reviewer who states that it is a great introduction to the 21st century and the vast changes that are iminently possible for mankind. Wow.
The narrator is exactly as he should be. He speaks slowly enough for me to digest the material. His tone is pleasant, and he speaks as if he knows the material well. I am a stickler for narration. it's something that I often comment on, and frankly I was surprised that so many other reviewers panned his performance.
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
I have been a subscriber of Popular Science for over 10 years, and listening to this book continued to remind me of articles I had read, the difference being Pop Sci has Pictures and a lot of reference material. I felt like a lot of the material was repeated over again. There was enough material and a few really well done examples and breakdowns of some complicated area's that I enjoyed and may even listen to it again just to find those parts. I don't feel bad about purchasing it, however I was expecting a little more information about singularity, to me it was more about the history of events leading up to the ideas of singularity and a few hypothesizes on the future with possible dates. There is just something missing.
This book comes in three parts, the middle part had more of what I was looking for. The end of the book. It kept my interest.
For this type of book, I think George did great. He has the same way of speaking that you would find a lot of professors do in University. His voice doesn't put me to sleep and it was not annoying like a few other books I have purchased from Audible.
I enjoyed the formulas on how SETI depicts the possibility of ample life in the galaxy and universe.
I paid over 20 bucks for this book, I am not sure that it was worth that. Half that price would have made me feel a little better about the deal. :)
The book was well researched but crammed full of too many examples. One example or maybe two is fine for the average technical person. The many many additional samples seemed gratuitous. I get bored easily and this one had it's brilliance dimmed by the desire to fill many pages with a fairly simple concept.
Some interesting concepts were overlooked in the space that was used up by the extensive examples.
If man will become god at some point then why is it assumed another species could not already be a god or God? Will there not be a parallel to racism that will inevitably emerge? What other social aspects for good or ill will play out during the years building up to the singularity? What social and political movements will attempt to control mankind's future using that very technology? How many will die from those attempts?
I wish there was more on the dark side of the singularity. It makes sense there are millions more ways to fall off the happy-path than to stay on it.
Even with the things that bugged me it did catch my imagination somewhat. Being a professional hacker I see things from the perspective of the "dark side" of the singularity- I'd love to be wrong.
its a very interesting book with great insight, just needs a better narrator, or crank the speed up if u can
much better, dont get a dry reader to read a technical book
not until i turned the speed up
i listened to this book at 1x speed on my Android app for the first 5 chapters. it was slow and my mind would wander constantly. i amped it up to 3x and it immediately kept me glued to it. i highly recommend everyone do the same
I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
Could have been more effective in a 5 hour book. Way too repetitive.
Sorry, as I have giving a negative review but this was not good.
Who is George Wilson and why is he reading this book? He enunciates words likes he is explaining to three-year-olds, but back in the 1950s when boredom was considered a just punishment of the young. I listened to an hour and realized that I had paid attention to maybe 20 minutes of it. CANNOT continue.
I have read 1000 books. This is my only review. Even if you disagree with all of the massively researched and supported facts about the exponential growth of technology and what it means for the future, this book is worth reading for the shear consciousness expanding descriptions of what we can hope and dream of for humanity. I have yet to find purchase after falling down this rabbit hole 6 months ago. We are desensitized to the incredible, between the B. S. and fiction, it is nearly impossible to believe this could be real. If you do stop to contemplate who this man is, what he has done, and his new job (Google it;), your life may never be the same. He describes a near future that just can't be, but then describes exactly how and when we are going to get there.
So, yea, I recommend this book.
A Happy-go-lucky Irishman
If the author would depart for just a bit from speaking in the vernacular. Not everyone can follow him past the third sentence. If they can, they will probably find this book enlightening
Perhaps, but not as Ray Kurzweil
Not that I can recall
Not a novices entry point.
Painfully slow; forced myself to listen to 3 hours ... the story is nothing but a rehash of common business and technology concepts. In 3 hours didn't learn anything I hadn't already been exposed to.
Need to switch to a good science fiction book to put this one out of my mind.
Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.
This is a solid double. It is a great futurist book and it doesn't fall into the trap of dystopian predilections, which is the popular zeitgeist, hot, flat, and miserable. Transhumanism rocks!
It's nonfiction, kind of...
Nope he is more than a little dry, but nice diction and flow.
Read and study scientific processes kids!
Fun and scary.