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How to Create a Mind Audiobook

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

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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.

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    Amazon Customer WASECA, MN, United States 02-25-13
    Amazon Customer WASECA, MN, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great piece of work by Ray."
    Would you listen to How to Create a Mind again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare How to Create a Mind to and why?

    None come to mind.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He brought an energy and excitement to the book. Sometimes the material get a little dry, he kept you interested.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to the world of tomorrow.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Norwalk, CT, United States 01-07-13
    Brian Norwalk, CT, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The intersection of human behavior and technology"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Create a Mind the most enjoyable?

    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.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Howard_a United States 09-21-16
    Howard_a United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great until the boring rant at the end"

    I really enjoyed how the new brain reasearh has been applied in AI. I like the mixture of computer science and biology. But then he bores me to death about his tiff with Paul Allen. I think his explanation could be a seed for how textbooks can be done it Audible it is brilliant !! Nobody needs the rant, save that for a letter or blog post!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M Lewis California 08-25-13
    M Lewis California 08-25-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Monumental, transparent, translucent, transcendent"
    What did you love best about How to Create a Mind?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Create a Mind?

    All of it


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, extremely pleasant to listen to his voice. Slightly arrogant which suits the material in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Concord, MA, United States 02-19-13
    Robert Concord, MA, United States 02-19-13
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    "Wonderful Audio Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Create a Mind to be better than the print version?

    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.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Heizenberg Wisconsin 02-02-13
    Heizenberg Wisconsin 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Create a Mind?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It is a very deep topic, but fascinating and I found I could not put it down.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fallon, NV, United States 03-25-13
    Amazon Customer Fallon, NV, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A very sick mind"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The author lives in a fantasy land. He thinks that he will be able to transfer his mind into a machine.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 07-21-16
    Bryan 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "enlightening and humorous"

    educational, humorous, exponential. Ray keeps on with his prediction assuming exponential growth and details how the mind can soon be surpassed with technology

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    Sam Sydney, Australia 10-10-15
    Sam Sydney, Australia 10-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The inspired dream"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Busch Arroyo Grande, CA, US 09-01-15
    Michael D. Busch Arroyo Grande, CA, US 09-01-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant!"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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