The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best Now he examines the nex

Singularity Sky (Eschaton, #1)

In the twenty first century man created the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known, while warning that time travel is forbidden, and transgressors will be eliminated Distant descendants of this ultra high tech Earth live

A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1)

Alternate Cover Edition can be found here A Fire upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge s career to date a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind s potential is determined by its

The Rapture of the Nerds

Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty first century Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the

Iron Sunrise (Eschaton, #2)

When the planet of New Moscow was brutally destroyed, its few survivors launched a counter attack against the most likely culprit the neighbouring system of trade rival New Dresden But New Dresden wasn t responsible, and as the deadly missiles approach their target, Rachel Mansour is assigned to

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains.If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains i

Glasshouse

When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn t take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him It s the twenty seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees personalities and

Rainbows End

Robert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer s patient The world that he remembers was much as we know it today Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it He was a world renowned p

The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur, #1)

Jean le Flambeur gets up in the morning and has to kill himself before his other self can kill him first Just another day in the Dilemma Prison Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is a currency, memorie

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Providing abundance is humanity s grandest challenge this is a book about how we rise to meet it We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet Abundance for all is within our grasp This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research,

Permutation City (Subjective Cosmology #2)

The story of a man with a vision immortality for those who can afford it is found in cyberspace Permutation city is the tale of a man with a vision how to create immortality and how that vision becomes something way beyond his control Encompassing the lives and struggles of an artificial l

The Last Firewall (Singularity #3)

In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don t harm society or each other But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions.