November 23, 2012
Source: 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
November 23, 2012
Source: 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
November 25, 2012
Source: The New York Times — November 25, 2012
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil is now #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction.
It came out at #1 among all books on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list and went into its third printing one week after publication. The book is available from the book website and from all major… read more
NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil — How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
November 27, 2012
Source: NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 27, 2012 | Diane Rehm
Inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil has long predicted humans will one day be able to transcend the limitations of their biology. In a new book, Kurzweil explains why that day is coming sooner than we might think.
He argues that the expansion of the brain’s neocortex was the last biological evolution man needed to make. That’s because it is inevitably leading to “truly intelligent machines,”… read more
New Books in Brief | A summary of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
November 27, 2012
Source: New Books in Brief — November 27, 2012
When IBM’s Deep Blue defeated humanity’s greatest chess player Gary Kasparov in 1997 it marked a major turning point in the progress of artificial intelligence (AI). A still more impressive turning point in AI was achieved in 2011 when another creation of IBM named Watson defeated Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter at their own game.
As time marches on and technology advances we can easily envision… read more
November 28, 2012
Source: The Telepraph — November 28, 2012 | Roger Highfield
Ray Kurzweil foresees a disease-free world where no one ages and artificial brains make machines human-like — and he is not one to get things wrong. He is a pioneer, exploring a hinterland that lies just beyond the horizon of current possibilities; a twilight zone between science fact and fiction, between predictions rooted in existing technology and the wildest lunatic speculation.
Ray Kurzweil is an American… read more
Source: WBUR Radio Boston — November 29, 2012 | Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks
Think how far and how fast technology has advanced. Just a century and a half ago, the fastest way we could communicate with each other was by Pony Express. Then came the telegraph, telephones and computers, all revolutionizing the way we live, work and play — in just a few decades.
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says soon we’ll be able to introduce tiny computers into our blood… read more
Source: All Things D — December 4, 2012 | Arik Hesseldahl
Kurzweil’s talk, which took place before our “Fireside Chat” that was announced as a surprise final event of the day’s proceedings, amounted to his first public appearance in connection with the publication of his new book, “How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.”
Naturally, it builds a bit on his previous book, “The Singularity Is Near,” in which he argues that… read more
December 8, 2012
Source: The Boston Globe — December 8, 2012 | Kate Tuttle
If you met a non-biological intelligent entity, one that demonstrated convincingly human-like emotional responses (it could laugh and cry, tell a joke, and argue), would you accept it as a conscious being, more or less equivalent to a person? Ray Kurzweil says he would, and much of his latest book focuses on trying to persuade readers to abandon long-held beliefs about the unique value of the human… read more