How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil
The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

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Anyone concerned about the potential social, political, and philosophical problems raised by artificial intelligence will feel less than reassured by this book.
-The Boston Globe

Synopsis

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.
 

About Ray Kurzweil

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RAY KURZWEIL is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near and the national bestseller The Age of Spiritual Machines, among others. One of the leading inventors of our time, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the recipient of many honors, including the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology. He lives in Boston.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Penguin Books. 346 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 29 2012

In a parallel development, Kurzweil and other software developers are designing more advanced computers based on complex modular functioning. A fascinating exercise in futurology.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Loretta Barrett on Oct 22 2012

Kurzweil's speculations that eventually "most of our thinking will be in the cloud" and "we will merge with the intelligent technology we are creating," seem so uncritically optimistic about the possibilities of our technologies, as to become mystifying.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Matt Ridley on Nov 23 2012

It would be foolish, not wise, to bet against the emulation of the human brain in silicon within a couple of decades.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Ronald Bailey on Nov 16 2012

Replicat[ing] . . . our brains into the cloud . . . might be troubling to philosophers worried about identity and selfhood. But Mr. Kurzweil does not see a problem.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Simson Garfinkel on Jan 18 2013

Sadly, Kurzweil’s in-book autobiography, repeated mention of his company’s products and snipes at his detractors come off as blatant self-promotion. This book would have benefited from a strong edit...

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The Boston Globe

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Reviewed by Kate Tuttle on Dec 08 2012

Anyone concerned about the potential social, political, and philosophical problems raised by artificial intelligence will feel less than reassured by this book.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Above average
Reviewed by Josh Raulerson on Dec 23 2012

For all its technical granularity, the argument is quite accessible. Persistent readers will follow it easily enough, and many will find it persuasive.

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The New Yorker

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Reviewed by Gary Marcus on Nov 15 2012

Kurzweil compares his theory with the physical structure of the brain, hurling a huge amount of neuroanatomy at the reader, and asserting, without a lot of reflection, that it all fits his theory.

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Science 2.0

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Reviewed by Samuel Kenyon on Nov 25 2012

Wondering . . . if Kurzweil was going broke and this was a last ditch attempt to make some cash.

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Science Blogs

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Reviewed by Greg Laden on Nov 14 2012

Kurzweil seems to have not read Deacon’s work (such as The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain).

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