How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

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Penguin, Nov 13, 2012 - Science - 352 pages
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The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain

Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.

Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

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 which include Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and The Age of Spiritual Machines.


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User Review  - lucasdwi - LibraryThing

An interesting read. Overall, Kurzweil makes some very thought provoking arguments and writes in a way that engages the reader. At times Kurzweil steps outside of his field of expertise. However, the sections on AI and technology are very well written. Read full review

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User Review  - davidloertscher - LibraryThing

Get ready for a hefty but authoritative readin with this one. Ray Kurzweil is a major scientist and futurist. He invented text to speech for those who are blind and have low vision among many other ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THINKING
THE BIOLOGICAL NEOCORTEX
THE OLD BRAIN
TRANSCENDENT ABILITIES
THE MIND AS COMPUTER
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE MIND
THE LAW OF ACCELERATING RETURNS APPLIED
OBJECTIONS
Notes
Index
Copyright

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Ray Kurzweil is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near and the national bestseller The Age of Spiritual Machines, among others. One of the leading inventors of our time, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the recipient of many honors, including the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology. He lives in Boston.


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