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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Reading The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil's latest book
One of my buddies Renee Blodgett was kind enough to send me an autographed copy of Ray Kurzweil's new book, "The Singularity Is Near Book" I just got started reading it last night but I had done a little background research ala Google on Ray and read the folder that came with the book. The folder was full of press clippings from The Wall Street Journal, Time, Entrepreneur, BusinesWeek, etc... about pieces that have been done on Ray in the past. Ray is definitely my kind of guy and I hope to put up a Q & A with him sometime in the near future, it's in the works but cross your fingers cause he's one busy dude.

Well let me tell you a little bit about the book. I'm only on page 4, hah, so I haven't even gotten to the good stuff but I have read a bit about Ray's upbringing and it's awesome. It's kind of the stuff us entrepreneurs love to read. Ray knew he wanted to be an inventor since the age of 5 and is a hopeless geek, but unlike the majority of CEO's filling Silicon Valley's most powerful companies, Ray isn't in his mid 30's or even his mid 40's, he's a bit older and a lot wiser. He's the type of geek I hope to be 40 years from now, full of life and using his mind, technology and the power of ideas to make people's lives better and advance humanity as we know it today.The Inventor Entrepreneur

Anybody that knows me knows I'm an idea guy and that I understand business is more about the execution of ideas rather than the generation of those ideas. My mind is an idea factory and it's not easily turned off nor do I enjoy turning it off. But you can only work on so many ideas at one time and Ray's other books talk about that process and the execution and implementation of ideas and he has more than enough background to speak with wisdom on such matters. He invented the keyboard synthesizer, the flatbed scanner, and several other items that have transformed the world in which we live in.

I will be putting up numerous posts about the book as I go through it but it's available at Amazon and although the list price is $29.95, you can get it for $17.12 so I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself.

By Jason Dowdell at 12:12 PM | Comments (2)

(2) Thoughts on Reading The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

You say above, "he wants to advance humanity AS WE KNOW IT TODAY." Yikes - No way!! His description of "us" in 40 years entails an entire new creation - a kind of half human/half robot "person." Creepy to the extreme. If his vision of the future is correct, we might as well all cash in our chips right now - Sterility awaits - no mystery, no nature - a rose is a rose is a rose - no more -Nothing - if he's right - means anything-not to those of us conditioned by our present existence (regarding our lives, philosophically, spiritually, even physically.) (hey, that could be right).

Comments by Susanne Beaumont : Friday, October 06, 2006 at 03:01 PM

I am captivated by the ideas you have discussed in your book "The Singularity Is Near". I was enchanted by chapter 6 which I am still trying to comprehend and digest.

But i feel that your considerations have been restricted by the Electromagnetic energy (EM energy)content in matter.
what about non-electromagnetic energies available in the same lump of mass ( where EM energies reside) that are inherent in the einsteinian inequality E > mc^2 .Surely there is energy values in the region E> mc^2 associated with mass "m " which is evident from the straight line graph of E= mc^2.( c being taken as a constant)with a constant slope of inverse tan (c^2)which is much less than inverse tan 90 degrees.

I postulate that the energies that reside in the same lump of mass as non-EM energy for the simple reason that the energy values can be obtained by multiplying 'm' by a factor greater than the electromagnetical , limiting speed 'c' of light .
what are the other implications of it? Does it provide space-time dimensions that transcends those in which the limiting speed of signals is that of light?
Interested in knowing your take on this idea.

I dont have ray Kurzweil's email address. So i expect you to pass it on to him .
thank you.
with regards,

Comments by KPR : Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 10:59 PM

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