Kurzweil's new Singularity/AI page

From: hal@finney.org
Date: Sat Feb 24 2001 - 16:20:34 MST

>From Nanodot, I learned that Raymond Kurzweil has a fancy new web page
at http://www.kurzweilai.net/. It is full of Flashy graphics, and if
you have a modern Windows box you can download software to animate an
attractive AI avatar, Ramona, who will answer questions for you while
throwing in a flirtatious wink or toss of her head.

The site also contains an article by Kurzweil entitled "The Singularity
Is Near" (apparently based on an upcoming book) which begins:

   You will get $40 trillion just by reading this precis and understanding
   what it says. For complete details, see below. (It's true that
   authors will do just about anything to keep your attention, but I'm
   serious about this statement. Until I return to a further explanation,
   however, do read the first sentence of this paragrahp carefully.)

I have to admit he hooked me with this. Not to give anything away, I must
reveal that I don't have an extra $40 trillion in my pockets right now.
But it's a pretty good essay anyway.


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