Book>>The Brain is Wider than the Sky by Bryan Appleyard, Weidenfield and Nicolson, £20.00
Computer geeks are known to talk about 'Singularity,' the moment when computers become so advanced that they “escape the limitations of the human brain”, booting themselves into ever-higher levels of intelligence. They believe the moment will occur sometime in 2045.
In this book, culture critic Brian Appleyard goes against the techno-moguls. He argues that the human mind can't be quite so easily captured as the techno-moguls like to think.
The range and pace of his book are at times dizzying, drawing Cheryl Cole, Bill Gates and C S Lewis, among others, into an alarming survey of the computer age's immersive power. It dissects the modern obsession with connectivity and information that are changing our sense of self.\
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