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The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain

Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.

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. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics which include Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and The Age of Spiritual Machines.

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How to Create a Mind
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4.3 / 5
Interesting, but not convincing.
August 20th, 2015
Sadly, Kurzweil doesn't answer the question that titles his book, "how to create a mind". Although his explanations of how intelligent systems work are quite informative, his conclusions on consciousness are supported by a erroneous logic. He believes that computers can become conscious. Someone will have to prove how a machine that simply executes determined instructions after to its inputs can create a conscious entity (not just look like one). However, it's a great book for those who want to know more about the AI field.
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Wow! An amazing education.
July 1st, 2014
This is a great book. It is highly informative and written to be understood by all.
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An excellent follow up to "The singu
February 21st, 2014
Filled with extensive knowledge of techological history and accurate predictions of the future. I especially enjoyed reading the philosophical chapters about the counciesness, identity and free will. I think I finally have an understanding about how the brain creates the mind but I need to re read again.
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