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Site Shop > Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong A.I.

Computers are becoming more powerful at an ever-increasing rate, but will they ever become conscious? Artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil thinks so and explains how we will upload our minds and upgrade our bodies to become immortal before the dawn of the 22nd century. In this debate with his critics, including several Discovery Institute Fellows, Kurzweil defends his views and sets the stage for the central question: "What does it mean to be human?"

It has long been acknowledged that Ray Kurzweil is one of the most optimistic researchers in the AI field, and his predictions, especially on artificial general intelligence have often been slammed by experts in adjacent fields.

His previous book "The Age of Spirtual Machines" generated a great deal of this controversy, and created a lot of detracting arguments. This book is his attempt at addressing every serious counter-argument, and putting his views across, hoping to dispel them.

Whether he succeeds or not is up to the individual reader to decide. Ultimately, convincing or not convincing readers will do little to accelerate or slow the march of AI progress, but it will seek to educate an informed decision, on both sides of the argument.


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