Barnes & Noble | How to Create a Mind

November 9, 2012

Source: Barnes & Noble — November 9, 2012

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In his visionary bestseller The Singularity Is Near, scientist Ray Kurzweil devoted a single chapter to how reverse engineering the brain could bring us to a point where man and machine are melded into a new entity.

In the eight years since that bold futuristic leap, technologies to examine the brain have made to make that claim seem a hundred times more plausible.

In his latest opus, the man Forbes called “the rightful heir to Thomas Edison” explains what we now know about the brain and what we will know and be able to do about it within the next few decades. According to experts, the quantity of data that we gather about the brain doubles every year!

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.