Rumsfeld wrote:The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil.
It's science, which is usually not my gig, but this one is intriguing. The author is a certified genuis who has been on the cutting edge of the computer industry since the 60's. It explains how real AI is close and that it will explode our progress a thousandfold in a short time. Basically we will be almost unlimited in our power and ability with the advent of nanotech and the construction of computer minds far more powerful than our own which will be able to think and process in three dimensions. Yeah yeah, I know. The Terminator. Skynet. Judgement Day. But this guy explains why that is an incredibly unlikely scenario.
Pretty fucking interesting.
I was watching a program I believe on the BBC where they had taken a part of a rats brain, put it in a sealed container keeping it basically living, hooked it up to a robot and it reacted & sent message to the robot and here's the interesting part actually changed it's pathways as time progressed to enable it's self to do work quick/faster to make the robot more efficient.
Any way books...I only seem to get around to them in the summer at the cottage, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns & Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Good story line simple but great in sight into what's happening in the middle weast for the regular person. I also read La Carre's latest novel Our Kind of Traitor, always a good story but some times I think La Carre get's visions of greatness rather than just tell his story.
I tried Castles Made of Sand by Andre Gerolymatos...but heavy going. My days of reading War and Peace with enthusiasm have got up and gone