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.
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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.
One of the most important books of our time which I consider a must read for anyone who wants to stay up not only with technological developments but also the future of what it means to be a human.
Ray Kurzweil is an eternal optimist when it comes to the marriage of humanity and information technology. I hope his vision for AI comes true.
Though many parts are thick and rather like a textbook, this book is one of the single greatest, and most informative publications ever written. I highly recommend to anyone who is wanting to know more about the world, and of the future of humanity.
Great book with very clear explanations of how we will eventually build machines with more power than the human brain. The key concept is not that the machines will replace human intelligence but rather they will significantly enhance it, much like every other tool we have built. So you think it is impossible? If you have ever asked Siri a question and gotten a reasonable answer then you have connected your brain to the Internet via a wireless connection and that connection has made you more intelligent than you were without it. You should read the book and learn how we will eventually Create a Mind.
Kurzweil at his best .. ..A must read for everyone interested in our greatest gift from science...... a gift that also ushers in a conundrum every individual mind must address.
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