I've been reading Kurzweil's new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed in between Thomas Nagel's new book and a couple of older books (by Stuart Kauffman and Terence Deacon). While I disagree with Kurzweil's general thesis, I deeply admire his mind and depth of knowledge. Maybe you will, too.
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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 The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology and The Age of Spiritual Machines.And now, on to the main event.