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Kurzweil: The Singularity Is Near

Last weekend I picked up Ray Kurzweil's new book, 'The Singularity Is Near'.

I've gotten through the first few chapters -- most of it is very familiar as it recaps the content of Ray's prior book 'The Age of Spiritual Machines' which I've read probably 15 times.

Ray has some very intense ideas about what the future holds for all of us. And he hasn't backed off his projections that Microvision's retinal scanning displays are in widespread mainstream use within the next 5 years. But that is really just a small stepping stone along the path of Ray's vision. I can't get into a whole of detail about what he forsees for us at the moment but if you have curiosity about what all this technological advancement is leading to, then I would recommend reading this book or his prior one.

So when you've got one of the smartest people on Earth telling the world about how you're going to go from a tiny company working on military helicopter displays to massive adoption in consumer devices within 5 years, again you have to ask yourself: Should I try and outsmart Ray Kurzweil? Do I need to try and outthink and outmaneuver this guy? Pick some other technology to go from micro to big cap within 5 years? Or just listen when somebody who's operating on another plane of understanding of the world gives you a tip?