Ray Kurzweil quote

"The Singularity denotes an event that will take place in the material world, the inevitable next step in the evolutionary process that started with biological evolution and has extended through human-directed technological evolution. however, it is precisely in the world of matter and energy that we encounter transcendence, a principal connotation of what people refer to as spirituality."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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