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

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

byRay Kurzweil

Kobo ebook | November 13, 2012

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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.

Title:How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought RevealedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1101601108

ISBN - 13:9781101601105


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A deep and thoughtful read. I picked up this book because it appealed to me in two ways; how the brain "works" and how to reproduce this in a machine. The ultimate goal: a computer that can think! (for all that entails...). The author is an important contributor to the development of speech recognition (speech-to-text) and computer "assistants" like Siri and Cortana; he is not just a journalist/reporter - this guy knows what he's talking abou! A scientific/medical background would be helpful for the reader. Mr. Kurzweil doesn't "dumb it down" for the masses. It does require some concentration to read, especially when going through some "thought experiments" (e.g. Einstein's theories on relativity). I am going to have to read the book again, because I know I've missed a lot. However, I think it's worth it!
Date published: 2016-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but not convincing. Sadly, Kurzweil doesn't answer the question that titles his book, "how to create a mind". Although his explanations of how intelligent systems work are quite informative, his conclusions on consciousness are supported by a erroneous logic. He believes that computers can become conscious. Someone will have to prove how a machine that simply executes determined instructions after to its inputs can create a conscious entity (not just look like one). However, it's a great book for those who want to know more about the AI field.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! An amazing education. This is a great book. It is highly informative and written to be understood by all.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent follow up to "The singu Filled with extensive knowledge of techological history and accurate predictions of the future. I especially enjoyed reading the philosophical chapters about the counciesness, identity and free will. I think I finally have an understanding about how the brain creates the mind but I need to re read again.
Date published: 2014-02-21