Nicholas Carr should read more widely:
There's a real poignancy to Kurzweil's dream of bringing his dad back to life by weaving together strands of DNA and strands of memory. I could imagine a novel - by Ray Bradbury, maybe - constructed around his otherworldly yearning. Death makes strange even the most rational of minds.
Charles Stross wrote that book already (heck, tons of other books in the same vein exist, I'm sure) - "Accelerando".
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