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THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR One of CBS News's Best Fall Books of 2005 Among St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 One of's Best Science Books of 2005 "Anyone can grasp Mr. Kurzweil's main idea: that mankind's technological knowledge has been snowballing, with dizzying prospects for the future. The basics are clearly expressed. But for those more knowledgeable and inquisitive, the author argues his case in fascinating detail....The Singularity Is Near is startling in scope and bravado." —JANET MASLIN, The New York Times "Filled with imaginative, scientifically grounded speculation....The Singularity Is Near is worth reading just for its wealth of information, all lucidly presented....[It's] an important book. Not everything that Kurzweil predicts may come to pass, but a lot of it will, and even if you don't agree with everything he says, it's all worth paying attention to." —The Philadelphia Inquirer "[An] exhilarating and terrifyingly deep look at where we are headed as a species....Mr. Kurzweil is a brilliant scientist and futurist, and he makes a compelling and, indeed, a very moving case for his view of the future." —The New York Sun "Compelling." —San Jose Mercury News "Kurzweil links a projected ascendance of artificial intelligence to the future of the evolutionary process itself. The result is both frightening and enlightening....The Singularity Is Near is a kind of encyclopedic map of what Bill Gates once called 'the road ahead.' " —The Oregonian "A clear-eyed, sharply-focused vision of the not-so-distant future." —The Baltimore Sun "This book offers three things that will make it a seminal document. 1) It brokers a new idea, not widely known, 2) The idea is about as big as you can get: the Singularity-all the change in the last million years will be superceded by the change in the next five minutes, and 3) It is an idea that demands informed response. The book's claims are so footnoted, documented, graphed, argued, and plausible in small detail, that it requires the equal in response. Yet its claims are so outrageous that if true, it would mean ... well ... the end of the world as we know it, and the beginning of utopia. Ray Kurzweil has taken all the strands of the Singularity meme circulating in the last decades and has united them into a single tome which he has nailed on our front door. I suspect this will be one of the most cited books of the decade. Like Paul Ehrlich's upsetting 1972 book Population Bomb, fan or foe, it's the wave at the epicenter you have to start with." —KEVIN KELLY, founder of Wired "Really, really out there. Delightfully so." —

"Stunning, utopian vision of the near future when machine intelligence outpaces the biological brain and what things may look like when that happens....Approachable and engaging." —The Unofficial Microsoft Blog "One of the most important thinkers of our time, Kurzweil has followed up his earlier works ... with a work of startling breadth and audacious scope." — "An attractive picture of a plausible future." —Kirkus Reviews "Kurzweil is a true scientist-a large-minded one at that....What's arresting isn't the degree to which Kurzweil's heady and bracing vision fails to convince—given the scope of his projections, that's inevitable—but the degree to which it seems downright plausible." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[T]hroughout this tour de force of boundless technological optimism, one is impressed by the author's adamantine intellectual integrity....If you are at all interested in the evolution of technology in this century and its consequences for the humans who are creating it, this is certainly a book you should read.” —JOHN WALKER, inventor of Autodesk, in Fourmilab Change Log "Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intel