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    • Where did counting begin? Artifacts more than 5,000 years old have been found, with notches on bones. Were these notations etched to count seasons, kills, children? The transition from counting with markers to counting with mechanical devices occurred over thousands of years.

      Ray Kurzweil in his book The Singularity is Near predicts that when computer processing is equivalent to the speed of the human brain, we will have computers as intelligent as humans. He says this singularity will be achieved by 2030.

      This book explores the history of computing, advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robots and breakthroughs in voice recognition. Together, these breakthroughs affect our day-to-ives and surround us with cloud-driven technology.