e-book: Are We Spiritual Machines?

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ARE WE SPIRITUAL MACHINES? | Chapter 8: Dembski’s Outdated Understanding: Response to William Dembski

June 7, 2001
Author:
Ray Kurzweil
Publisher:
Discovery Institute (2001)

William Dembski’s concept of machines is based on simple-minded 19th century automata, says Kurzweil. Future biologically inspired machines will be of such great complexity and richness of organization that their behavior will evidence the intelligence and emotionally rich reactions of humans. The key is in persistent patterns, not the material substrate.… read more

ARE WE SPIRITUAL MACHINES? | Chapter 9: What Turing Fallacy?: Response to Thomas Ray

June 7, 2001
Author:
Ray Kurzweil
Publisher:
Discovery Institute (2001)

Countering Thomas Ray’s objections, Ray Kurzweil points out significant progress in modeling neural and neurochemical processes and the innate ability of biologically inspired self-organizing systems to realistically emulate natural processes, including, ultimately, human intelligence. In brain reverse engineering, according to Kurzweil, “we are approximately where we were in the genome project about ten years ago.” to relinquish broad areas in the pursuit of knowledge.… read more

ARE WE SPIRITUAL MACHINES? | Chapter 10: The Material World — Response to George Gilder and Jay Richards

June 7, 2001
Author:
Ray Kurzweil
Publisher:
Discovery Institute (2001)

Ray Kurzweil rejects the “materialist” label, saying he is a “patternist” and pointing out the emergent, transcendent power of patterns in contrast to dualistic interpretations. Kurzweil also counters Bill Joy’s “unrealistic” call to relinquish broad areas in the pursuit of knowledge.… read more

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