Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine
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About the Author
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, he was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." PBS selected him as one of the "sixteen revolutionaries who made America."
Ray was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
Among Ray's many honors, he received a Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.
Danielle is a modern-day hero for everyone to look up to. A "Wonder Woman" who doesn't need super-strength but rather, her own super brain. Ray's inspiring book makes you think about the small things you can do to better the world and that there are many ways one person can spark change. In a way, we are all Danielle, we have incredible minds and if we decided to use them together, we could really change the world like she does.
--Isabelle Fuhrman, Actress (The Hunger Games, Orphan, Masters of Sex)
Ray Kurzweil has been my mentor and an inspiration to all those who desire to impact the world at global scale. In Danielle, you will find his teachings and the principles of exponential thinking that are already changing the world for the better. This work is a brilliant combination of fiction and nonfiction, something that has never been done before. A must-read for young people from 10 to 110!
--Peter H. Diamandis, Cofounder (with Ray) of Singularity University, Cofounder & Chairman of XPRIZE. New York Times bestselling author of Abundance and Bold
What do we need for the health and survival of our planet? For every young person to know that they also possess the courage, determination, creativity and intelligence of Danielle. Ray Kurzweil delivers a perspi-cacious thought experiment combining a poignant work of fiction with a deeply researched nonfiction guide for achieving profound positive change.
--Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder & President of The Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF. Best-selling author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. First to prove that heart disease and other chronic diseases are reversible by making lifestyle changes.
Ray Kurzweil has been making the world better for countless numbers of people through the power of his ideas and inventions for decades, including giving me and millions of other blind people the ability to read. Now he shares with us a brilliant star, Danielle, who shines a light forward to a future with more peace, more love, and more under-standing. Ray inspires each of us to be a Danielle and reach these goals through our gifts, our intelligence and our passion.--Stevie Wonder
A call-to-arms for the next generation of superheroines and superheroes. Ray Kurzweil'scelebration of unbridled determination and experiential learning has brought us the adventures of the wondrous Danielle. Through his expansive imagination and singular storytelling ability, he's created an inspiring alternate history where a confident and courageous girl changes the world for the better. Through Danielle, Kurzweil helps us to see the qualities in ourselves that make each of us rare, valuable and capable. He also provides a compendium of tools and resources for effecting actual impact, making this work both a practical manual as well as a fantastical journey. I'll give this book to anyone I know who daydreams of being a real-life superhero!
--Aimee Mullins, American athletic pioneer, first amputee in history to compete in Division I NCAA Track and Field; actress, fashion icon, National Women's Hall of Fame inductee
Danielle is an inspiring page-turner that engages the heart and mind of young adults as well as free-thinking adults of all ages. It is as intellectually uplifting as Ray Kurzweil's other great books, but his trenchant lessons on techno-immortality and techno-abundance are now distilled into a storyline that has the makings of a classic fable. Amy Kurzweil's artwork are like meditation focal points that recapitulate the plot with iconic images. Danielle is a literary work exemplar of Einstein's adage that things should be made as simple as possible but no simpler. The Kurzweils have made the techno-progressive thesis accessible to all.
--Martine Rothblatt, founder Sirius Radio & United Therapeutics, transgender advocate, one ofForbes "100 Greatest Living Business Minds" and "100 Wealthiest Self-Made Women," author ofVirtually Human
It is not every day that the Edison of our day writes a novel on how you and I can solve the myriad problems that we face in society today. Now with Danielle, he shares his optimistic vision of the future in an accessible, understandable, and actionable way for audiences of all ages. Kurzweil encourages us to find the Danielle in each of us to create a better world together.
--Tony Robbins, New York Times #1 bestselling author, one of the "Top 50 Business Intellectuals" by Accenture, one of the "Top 200 Business Gurus" by the Harvard Business Review, included on the Forbes "Celebrity 100"
So much of what Ray has said was coming--AI becoming smarter than people in one area after another, nanobots, health breakthroughs--is becoming a reality, no small portion of which are derived from his own inspired inventions. Ray has now written a brilliant novel that shows how anyone, even a child, can transform the world with their ideas. I'll tell you what I think--Ray is Danielle!
--Suzanne Somers, New York Times bestselling author, entertainer and entrepreneur
Packed with ideas on every page, Danielle is a pioneering hybrid of fact and fiction that presses each of us to ask: What actions can I take today to make the world a better place? Stirring in its message and epic in its scope, Danielle hands over the reins of the future to young people everywhere, inspiring readers to tackle the world's biggest challenges using a tool we already possess: our own minds.
--Rebecca Hanover, Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, author of the YA novel The Similars
(January 2019), and Ray Kurzweil's daughter-in-law!