How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 13, 2012 - Science - 352 pages
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The bestselling author of The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain

Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential futurist. In How to Create a Mind, he presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in the human-machine civilization: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it functions and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain works, how the mind emerges, brain-computer interfaces, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence to address the world’s problems. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics.
  

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A nice introduction to how the brain works. - Goodreads
I love his optimism and the clarity of his writing. - Goodreads
Even so, I love reading this kind of futurist writing. - Goodreads
Core premise: agreed. - Goodreads
And that is what the premise of the book is. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lorraine Weis - Goodreads

An interesting introduction to developments in AI. But the tone is patronizing, and all the classic examples are rehashed in a not entirely satisfying way. Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Cottrell - Goodreads

Core premise: agreed. The basic idea is that the human brain is simply a biological computer. This "computer" has evolved over time and is now augmented by machines that humans created to help process ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1947
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE WORLD
1956
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THINKING
1966
THE PATTERN
1973
THE BIOLOGICAL NEOCORTEX
2006
THE OLD BRAIN
OO1 TRANSCENDENT ABILITIES THE MIND AS COMPUTER
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE MIND
THE LAW OF ACCELERATING RETURNS APPLIED
OBJECTIONS
EPILOGUE
NOTES
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Ray Kurzweil is one of today’s leading inventors and the author of The Singularity Is Near and The Age of Spiritual Machines, among other books. He lives in Boston.

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