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Barnes & Noble | How to Create a Mind

November 9, 2012

Barnes & Noble

Source: Barnes & Noble — November 9, 2012

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… read more

Sam Snyder Blog | Why I voted for Ray Kurzweil for president

November 6, 2012

Sam Snyder blog

Source: Sam Snyder Blog — November 6, 2012 | Sam Snyder

Kurzweil represents the best aspects of America: entrepreneurship, invention, scientific research, helping others, and sharing knowledge. Kurzweil makes predictions and then assesses the accuracy of those predictions.

He has an accuracy rate which far surpasses other predictors. He incorporates new scientific evidence to change his worldview, as he did between his books The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life and Transcend

One of Kurzweil’s messages is… read more

The State Press | Technology reaches a critical point

October 29, 2012

The State Press

Source: The State Press — October 29, 2012 | Caleb Varoga

According to Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, the singularity is “an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today — the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.”

Kurzweil describes singularity as an exciting and progressive movement, but while there’s nothing to fear… read more

CNNMoney | The best advice I ever got: Ray Kurzweil

October 25, 2012

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Source: CNNMoney — October 25, 2012

Futurist, inventor, author: In 1978, Xerox became interested in Kurzweil Computer Products and made an investment in my company. In 1979 they expressed interest in acquiring it. They were interested in the scanning and character-recognition technology. Xerox was in the printer business, and they had a lot of machines: copiers, printers that took computerized information and put it out onto paper.

We had a technology that could… read more

The Grid | Five things we learned at Ray Kurzweil’s immortality lecture

October 24, 2012

The Grid

Source: The Grid — October 24, 2012 | Jesse Ship

Smug, nerdy, and in full I-told-ya-so form, inventor Ray Kurzweil expounded to an audience of hipsters, futurists, and mad scientists at the Danforth Music Hall last Thursday night. Kurzweil talked about the future of artificial intelligence and a few topics from his upcoming book, How to Create a Mind. Some of the highlights included:

» What really separates the men from the monkeys: According… read more

Publishers Weekly | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

October 22, 2012

Publishers Weekly

Source: Publishers Weekly — October 22, 2012

Bringing together contemporary theories and research in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near) provides insight into how the human brain functions, while speculating on the possibilities and philosophical implications of creating a nonbiological mind.

Underlying this analysis is the Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind, a process in the neocortex, the seat of higher brain functions such as perception, memory, and language —… read more

Discovery Institute Evolution News | The brain remains an evolutionary mystery

October 17, 2012

Evolution News

Source: Discovery Institute Evolution News — October 17, 2012

Some evolutionists do not particularly care about the past as much as the evolutionary development of the human brain extending into the future.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, currently promoting his new book How to Create a Mind, believes that someday we will be able to reverse-engineer the brain, uncovering its secrets. Kurzweil acknowledges the evolutionary gap between humans and all other animals, but rather than trying… read more

Toronto Star | Ray Kurzweil’s new book predicts development of a super digital brain

October 16, 2012

Toronto Star

Source: Toronto Star — October 16, 2012 | Michael Oliveira

Futurist Ray Kurzweil optimistically predicts much longer life expectancies, cures for cancer and heart disease, flying cars and robot butlers.

Humans will become capable of feats that now seem impossible — for many of us, in our lifetime — in large part due to expected advances in brain research, posits the inventor and author in his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Humanread more

Singularity Hub | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: new book How to Create a Mind November 13

October 11, 2012

Singularity Hub

Source: Singularity Hub — October 11, 2012 | Keith Kleiner

Kurzweil’s book on how to create a mind is sure to bring some new spin, as well as plenty of debate to a highly controversial topic. Many claim that the human brain is too complex and too mysterious to be understood or replicated within our lifetimes, if ever.

Others (many who regularly read this site!) on the other hand, recognize that technologies such as Siri and… read more

PC Magazine | Futurist Ray Kurzweil wants to move your brain into the cloud

October 11, 2012

PC Magazine

Source: PC Magazine — October 11, 2012 | Michael J. Milller

Ray Kurzweil, author of The Age of Spiritual Machines and a pioneer of artificial intelligence software, has always been one of the most provocative thinkers on technology and its future.

When he spoke at the Demo conference last week, it was no surprise that he covered everything from why computers will continue to get better at an exponential pace to how we will be able to expand our… read more

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