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Renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has a new book about to be released (September 22nd), on the topic that most associate him with. Titled The Singularity is Near (Amazon US and UK), Kurzweil’s new book discusses an event —the “singularity” — in which technological change becomes so rapid and so profound that our bodies and brains will merge with machines:

‘The Singularity Is Near’ portrays what life will be like after this event — a human-machine civilization where our experiences shift from real reality to virtual reality and where our intelligence becomes nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful. In practical terms, this means that human aging and pollution will be reversed; world hunger will be solved; our bodies and environment transformed by nanotechnology to overcome the limitations of biology, including death; and virtually any physical product can be created from information alone.

Heaven on Earth, or becoming the Borg? Sure to be a fascinating read in any case – see the official website for more information.