How to Create A Mind

How to Create A Mind

The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

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Penguin Putnam
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. InHow 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 includeFantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and The Age of Spiritual Machines.


Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of The Age of Spiritual Machines explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain, outlining the controversial implications of increasing intelligence in order to address global problems while comparing emotional and moral intelligence and considering the origins of consciousness. 100,000 first printing.

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Author, inventor, and futurist, Ray Kurzweil, ties in current neuroscience research, thought experiments, and artificial intelligence inventions to present his theory on the basic algorithm of the neocortex. Presenting a thesis called pattern recognition theory of the mind (PRTM), Kurzweil details the true nature of both biological and nonbiolgical intelligence while shedding light on consciousness, free will, and identity. This fascinating study provides a map for the production of super intelligence and explores how these insights will unlock some of humanity's greatest challenges. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain, outlining the controversial implications of increasing intelligence in order to address global problems while comparing emotional and moral intelligence and considering the origins of consciousness.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670025299
0670025291
Branch Call Number: 612.82 Kurzweil 2012
Characteristics: 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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1aa
Jun 18, 2015

A follow-up book to his "The Singularity Is Near". The tone is less preachy and more explanatory.

Corey G Brooks Dec 29, 2014

I having a direct interest in this book am curios after reading it!

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StarGladiator
Jan 21, 2014

delfon says: "US has finally forgone the useless space program, and concentrated more on 'at home' interests." NASA/Moon Program: biomedical engineering advances, earth satellite technology/remote sensing tech allowing for resource identification from space, extreme advances in digital electronics and computer technology, advances in materials science, et cetera, ete cetarera. Why reverse engineer the human brain? Why not attempt to evolve it?

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delfon
Apr 14, 2013

Another gem from Kurzweil, he is at the top of the pile in these areas. <http://www.kurzweilai.net/> Presentation of concepts and ideas that are based on what so far is known (cutting edge wise) of how the brain works, but his references are emmense, and on-line refences abound, in fact the book is easy; the references could take months. Writing is concise and understandable. US has finally forgone the useless space program, and concentrated more on 'at home' interests. AI is the theme as tha author goes through defining our brain, actions, and -- do we have free will?? maybe not?!!One wonders if our own power pac (heart) at 5,000millevolts could substitute for all the space faldaral somehow.

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mikefung
Feb 18, 2013

Another of Kurzweil's authoritative books.
Given his status as a practitioner in the fields he is writing about and his achievements todate, we must take his suggested approach and his predictions very seriously.

hughnsusie Feb 15, 2013

A slightly troubling book, highly engrossing, but fairly technical. The subject matter is very much in my own area of interest, so the terminology and jargon was not a problem; I found it compelling reading. However, anyone with little knowledge of computers may find parts of this tough going; despite that, it's worth the effort. One of the most fascinating books I've read in the last few months.

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Cyborg_Kid
Dec 16, 2012

Brilliant book. Fair amount of detail re: computer programming techniques but overall Ray's argument is clear and logical. Implications for the future go far beyond anything our media is talking about. I like all Ray's books but this may be his best. What a bright future lies ahead of us!

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