A crash course in changing the world.
"Inventor, entrepreneur, visionary, Ray Kurzweil's accomplishments read as a startling series of firsts -- a litany of technological breakthroughs we've come to take for granted. Kurzweil invented
the first optical character recognition (OCR) software for
transforming the written word into data, the first print-to-speech
software for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and many
Yet his impact as a futurist and philosopher is no less significant. In his best-selling books, which
include The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity Is Near:
When Humans Transcend Biology (which is set
to become a movie in 2008), Kurzweil depicts in detail a
portrait of the human condition over the next few decades, as
accelerating technologies forever blur the line between human and
In 2009, he unveiled Singularity University, an institution that aims to "assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development
of exponentially advancing technologies. ...""