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

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

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By (author) Ray Kurzweil

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0143124048
  • ISBN 13: 9780143124047
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 36,918

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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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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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"Kurzweil writes boldly and with a showman's flair, expertly guiding the lay reader into deep thickets of neuroscience." Kate Tuttle, "Boston Globe" "A fascinating exercise in futurology." "Kirkus Reviews" "It is rare to find a book that offers unique and inspiring content on every page. "How to Create a Mind" achieves that and more. Ray has a way of tackling seemingly overwhelming challenges with an army of reason, in the end convincing the reader that it is within our reach to create nonbiological intelligence that will soar past our own. This is a visionary work that is also accessible and entertaining. Rafael Reif, president, MIT "Kurzweil's new book on the mind is magnificent, timely, and solidly argued! His best so far!" Marvin Minsky, MIT Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences; cofounder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab; widely regarded as "the father of artificial intelligence" "If you ever wondered about how your mind works, read this book. Kurzweil's insights reveal key secrets underlying human thought and our ability to recreate it. This is an eloquent and thought-provoking work." Dean Kamen, physicist; inventor of the first wearable insulin pump, the HomeChoice dialysis machine, and the IBOT mobility system; founder of FIRST; recipient of the National Medal of Technology "One of the eminent AI pioneers, Ray Kurzweil, has created a new book to explain the true nature of intelligence, both biological and nonbiological. The book describes the human brain as a machine that can understand hierarchical concepts ranging from the form of a chair to the nature of humor. His important insights emphasize the key role of learning both in the brain and in AI. He provides a credible road map for achieving the goal of super-human intelligence, which will be necessary to solve the grand challenges of humanity. Raj Reddy, founding director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; recip