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This review is from: The Meatbot's Guide to the Technological Singularity: Prepare to Smartify! (Kindle Edition)
I hate being negative but I must say this is the worst junk I've read in a long while. Being very interested in the topic of the singularity and having read "the singularity is near" by kurzweil, I can tell you that this one has absolutely none of the intellectual rigor of kurzweil's book, and is no fun either. I think it shines through quite a bit that the author is a former member of the scientology sect - a fact I didn't know before buying the book. It is simply silly science fiction rather than a serious attempt at mapping the future we are facing.
And the writing is terribly with lots of spelling errors, duplicated words ("and and" etc) and the sort. He could have proof-read it...
I'll give you a taste of the style, here in the midst of a discussion about a computer in 2017: "This computer, at 1.3 x 10^20 FLOPS will, or does, have the power of ... (drum roll) ... 10 thousand unified human brains! DOUBLE GONG!!! Oh boy. This isn't speculative fiction now. I'm telling you that this s***[reviewer's masking] is being made right-the-f***[ditto]-now."
As an obvious side-note, a computer that has the potential raw computation ability of a human, or 10,000 humans, needs programming to emulate human thinking. That is the missing piece that all the singularitarians are much too optimistic about. It's not going to happen in 2029 like kurzweil thinks in his new book. Neuroscience has been working madly at the problem over decades and still has no idea how cognition comes about in neurons or networks of neurons. I'm pretty certain it will happen, but it will take much longer than the optimists think.
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