Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.
Drawing on the most recent neuroscience research, his own research and inventions in artificial intelligence, and compelling thought experiments, he describes his new theory of how the neocortex (the thinking part of the brain) works: as a self-organizing hierarchical system of pattern recognizers. Kurzweil shows how these insights will enable us to greatly extend the powers of our own mind and provides a road map for the creation of super-intelligence - humankind’s most exciting next venture. We are now at the dawn of an era of radical possibilities in which merging with our technology will enable us to effectively address the world’s grand challenges.
How to Create a Mind is certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books in many years - a touchstone for any consideration of the path of human progress.
©2012 Ray Kurzweil (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I would give a repeat listen again in one years time to compare the rate of technology to his predictions. Especially now that he is working at Google. I have read or listened to all of Ray's books, and while I think some of his predictions are a little grandiose, many are spot on.
Technology has always fascinated me. The whole idea of a set of machine software to bring about innovation, products, revelations and revolutions to many areas of our world is both exciting and intriguing.
The explanation of how the mind is layered with pattern recognizer's over and over not only has this been proven, but replicated on some small proof of concepts already. It is an exciting time.
None come to mind.
He brought an energy and excitement to the book. Sometimes the material get a little dry, he kept you interested.
Welcome to the world of tomorrow.
Having the kindle version of this helped out a lot. There isn't too many charts or pictures, but I found that following along during a section/chapter that I found really interesting helped me understand it a little easier.
Great insights into the evolution of the human mind and technology. A must have for people interested in learning about the origins, current applications, and predictions of the field of AI.
Kurzweil tackles one of the biggest scientific mysteries our our ages: How to build a synthetic mind. Instead of descending into mumbo jumbo, touchy feely nonsense, he sets forth a vision that makes a lot of sense, even to sophisticated practitioners. Sure, I think he over simplified the solution, but he gives enough specific hypothesis that one could spend decades fleshing out, refuting, refining his ideas.
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Excellent, extremely pleasant to listen to his voice. Slightly arrogant which suits the material in the book.
Well, the only downside is that Lane mispronounced a few words... especially "von Neumann" repeatedly (saying "von New--man" which is simply not correct. This really bugged me. Clearly Kurzweil did not review the entire performance before giving his ok.
Otherwise his performance was great.
I purchased a print copy of this book and read a few chapters and loved it, but was finding it difficult to make time to finish it. So I purchased the audio book and now can enjoy it driving to and from work. The topic is fascinating and the author explains everything very clearly in language that anyone can understand.
If you want to understand how the human mind works and how someone will create an artificial mind in the not-too-distant future, this is the book to read.
Want to learn why Siri is so accurate at natural speech recognition? You will be amazed at just how far our understanding of the brain has gone. We really are approaching a time where computers will become intelligent and learn just like humans. Wow!
Yes. It is a very deep topic, but fascinating and I found I could not put it down.
The author lives in a fantasy land. He thinks that he will be able to transfer his mind into a machine.
Sure, there's a lot of fantastical thinking and timing here - but this is a great book and Ray Kurzweil is a great man... Just read it and have your very precious, one-off mind expanded. I loved the idea that one's sense of self/consciousness could somehow slowly be transferred bit by byte to a digital system, as improbable as it sounds, it's such an interesting idea among many herein.
Kurzweil's latest book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in brain science, computer science, philosophy, and/or the future of the human race. As someone interested in all these, I was riveted and transfixed by the book, and sad when I reached its end. While I'd have loved to hear Ray Kurzweil narrate the audiobook himself, the reader did an excellent job (except for consistently mispronouncing John Von Neumann's last name...it's NOY-man, not NEW-man). Very highly recommended!
An enjoyable and exciting read. My only criticism is that if I received a nickel for every time the word "pattern" was said, I'd have enough money to pay for the book many times over. Other than that I would recommend the read.
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