Reason | Here comes artificial intelligence: Ray Kurzweil’s new book imagines man-made minds

November 13, 2012

Source: Reason — November 13, 2012 | Matthew Feeney

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The ongoing acceleration in technology has prompted serious discussions of AI, including the possibility that the “Singularity” — the creation of a greater-than-human intelligence — might occur.

In his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, the futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that we can expect the Singularity by 2045 and that superintelligences will eventually colonize vast swathes of galaxies.

In his latest book, How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil argues that reverse-engineering a human brain is the best route to creating high functioning AI. [...]