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

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Penguin, 2013 - Computers - 336 pages
The bold futurist and bestselling author of The Singularity is Nearer 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  - Razinha - LibraryThing

Very good, though at times, really not for the casual reader. While Mr. Kurzweil does an excellent job explaining his theories on how we can build a brain...that is, how we currently understand our ... Read full review

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User Review  - Muir_Alex - LibraryThing

This was a good read from an information perspective, but it was at times rambling and hard to follow. That being said, Kurzweil knows what he is talking about, and provides many great insights into how new AI technologies work, and into where AI will go in the coming years. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE WORLD
13
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THINKING
27
THE BIOLOGICAL NEOCORTEX
63
TRANSCENDENT ABILITIES
109
THE BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED DIGITAL NEOCORTEX
121
THE MIND AS COMPUTER
179
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE MIND
199
THE LAW OF ACCELERATING RETURNS
248
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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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