The Age Of Spiritual Machines

1299 Words Nov 16th, 2014 6 Pages
Throughout the last century, advancement of technology has increased rapidly. Many technology experts have spent their careers predicting the potential path of these advancements. While some experts make their predictions to warn civilization of the potential dangers of technology, others remain optimistic. One such hopeful expert is Ray Kurzweil, who in his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, explores how advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) in the 21st century will benefit mankind as human lives integrate with machines. Though released much later, in 2013, the film Her reflects many similar ideas as those presented by Kurzweil regarding the future of artificial intelligence. The film is set in the mid-21st century and highlights the rapid advancements of artificial intelligence. Though Kurzweil’s book covers predictions for many decades, while the film represents a limited timescale, there are many parallels in the predicted paths of technological advancement. The physical component of computers has always been necessary but sometimes interferes with the degree that they make life easier for people. Kurzweil predicts that by 2019, technology would be physically out of the way of humans, and for the most part, invisible. He predicts that there would be no keyboards requiring physical touch, and that rather all operating systems would be voice operated. Along with basic voice recognition, gestures and body language will be interpreted by computers. Computers…
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