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.
Tell us about yourself!
Builds on Kurzweil's ideas of our possible future he painted in ʺThe Age of Spiritual Machinesʺ. This book focuses on the Singularity when technological advancements merge with human evolution to put us on a whole new level. His thoughts start off with very probable ideas around what he calls GNR (Germs, Nano Technology, and Robots) and builds to a future where humans leave their bodies behind due to lack of need for them and live eternal lives. Very thought provoking ideas
I'm unable to comment on the content of this book because I've been too distracted byt the performance and engineering to listen beyond the first two hours. George Wilson's reading of the material is dry and detached. It's difficult to focus on such a complex subject when the reader has no relationship to the text. Kurzweil is no dynamo as a public speaker, but I'm sure his own reading would be more expressive than Wilson's. I might have looked past the less than riveting performance if not for the poor audio engineering. Most recordings are processed through a dynamic range compressor to limit volume fluctuation. Modern digital recordings use less compression because uncompressed music is more exciting to the ear, but for readings compressions makes it much easier to listen in noisy environments, such as while driving. I find myself continually adjusting the volume, effectively performing manual compression. It's just too distracting.
If this were a shorter book, covering lighter subject matter, I might soldier on, but Kurzweil's material is dense, and the recording runs more than 24 hours. Time to give up and read the eBook.
I found it euphoric to hear Ray's dreams of the future while working out in general.
I feel like the nature of a work like this is in itself a masterful art form. Ray was very diligent to incorporate as many fields of scientific study as he could into an argument that is firmly grounded in what is probably the future.
The epiphany you have when you're working to master an agility based skill and Ray is describing the way your brain learns muscle memory actions.