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 USA
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 239mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 13 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0670025291
  • ISBN 13: 9780670025299
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 84,599

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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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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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Kurzweil's vision of our super-enhanced future is completely sane and calmly reasoned, and his book should nicely smooth the path for the earth's robot overlords, who, it turns out, will be us. "The New York Times" "Kurzweil writes boldly and with a showman's flair, expertly guiding the lay reader into deep thickets of neuroscience." Kate Tuttle, "Boston Globe" This book is a breath of fresh air.... Kurzweil makes an argument for optimism. Laura Spinney, "New Scientist" "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 c