The Wall Street Journal | Head in the cloud

November 16, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 16, 2012 | Ronald Bailey

Our increasing knowledge of neuroscience may eventually allows us to replicate our brains online. Ronald Bailey reviews Jesse J. Prinz’s Beyond Human Nature and Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind.

Will our increased understanding of how our brains work allow us to transcend human nature? Yes indeed, say the authors of Beyond Human Nature and How to Create a Mind. In the first book, Jesse… read more

Slate | This is your brain on neural implants

November 16, 2012

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Slate — November 16, 2012 | Ray Kurzweil

Are you still you if devices improve your memory, attention span, and other cognitive skills?

You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today’s. While you are sleeping, some group scans your brain and picks up every salient detail. Perhaps they do this with blood cell sized scanning machines traveling in the capillaries of your brain or with some other suitable noninvasive technology, but… read more

Business Insider | Here’s what futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks life will be like in the next 20 years

November 18, 2012

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Business Insider — November 18, 2012 | Megan Rose Dickey

With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.

Kurzweil, cofounder of Singularity University, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. Forbes called him ”the ultimate thinking machine.”

With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid rate, and researchers making serious headway into discovering the mysteries of the brain, it seems as if we’ll all be reconstituted… read more

SmartPlanet | When brain implants arrive, will we still be us?

November 19, 2012

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SmartPlanet — November 19, 2012 | Reena Jana

What happens when non-biological implants in our bodies — along the lines of cochlear implants to improve hearing in the deaf — include brain-related devices that might enhance our memories? Will we still be “us”? Will we be more of a cyborg than we were if, say, we had another type of implant? And for those who believe we would not be, at what point do we… read more

Greg Laden's Blog | Kurzweil: How to create a mind

November 20, 2012

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Greg Laden's Blog — November 20, 2012 | Greg Laden

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed is Ray Kurzweil’s latest book. You may know of him as the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Kurzweil is a “futurist” and has a reputation as being one of the greatest thinkers of our age, as well as being one of the greatest hucksters of the age, depending on whom you ask.… read more

The Leonard Lopate Show | Revealing the secret of human thought

November 20, 2012

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The Leonard Lopate Show — November 20, 2012 | Leonard Lopate

Futurist Ray 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.

In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we… read more

The Blaze | Ridiculously accurate futurist shares his bold prediction on the Glenn Beck program

November 20, 2012

The Blaze — November 20, 2012 | Liz Klimas

The Mayans might have predicted that the end of the world is only a month away from now, but Ray Kurzweil would say the end of the world as we know it will come sometime in the middle of 2040.

At that time, Kurzweil believes technology and artificial intelligence (or accelerated intelligence as he would call it) will be so advanced that humans will augment their own minds and… read more

USA Today | How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil #56 on USA Today Best-Selling Books list

November 22, 2012

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USA Today — November 22, 2012

How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil: #56 on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list for the week of November 22, 2012.

 

 

The Wall Street Journal | Why you should bet big on bionic brains

November 23, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 23, 2012 | Matt Ridley

When an IBM computer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folk opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising. Mastering the subtleties of human language, including similes, puns and humor, would remain far beyond the reach of a computer.

Last year another IBM program, Watson, triumphed at just these challenges by winning… read more

The Courier-Journal | Book review: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

November 23, 2012

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The Courier-Journal — November 23, 2012 | Scott Coffman

In the compelling introduction, we are told the story of evolution in a most entertaining fashion: that the world is based on information. Physics evolved and became chemistry, chemistry evolved into biology, biology to neurology. “Brains were now the cutting edge of storing and manipulating information. Thus we went from atoms to molecules to DNA to brains. The next step was uniquely human.”

Evolutionary development in mammals has… read more

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