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Publisher's Summary

Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.
Drawing on the most recent neuroscience research, his own research and inventions in artificial intelligence, and compelling thought experiments, he describes his new theory of how the neocortex (the thinking part of the brain) works: as a self-organizing hierarchical system of pattern recognizers. Kurzweil shows how these insights will enable us to greatly extend the powers of our own mind and provides a road map for the creation of super-intelligence - humankind’s most exciting next venture. We are now at the dawn of an era of radical possibilities in which merging with our technology will enable us to effectively address the world’s grand challenges.
How to Create a Mind is certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books in many years - a touchstone for any consideration of the path of human progress.
©2012 Ray Kurzweil (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Liz on 09-24-15

Read the Wikipedia article, don't bother with the book

Kurzweil spends more time comparing himself to the great minds of humanity than he does actually discussing his theories. The content is laced mostly with anecdotal fluff, and quotes by other people to make his writing sound more impressive. I'm really happy Audible allows returns because this book is a waste of money. You'd save yourself a lot of time and frustration by just reading a synopsis of the book.

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By Marlon on 11-11-15

Interesting, but author is full of himself.

What disappointed you about How to Create a Mind?

The author is full of himself. A lot of '...in 19bladiebla I did this, predicted that, I've discovered this, I founded this or that company..

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something else of the author Nick Bostrom, after his great and very thrilling "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies"

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

Not at all a problem with him.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissappointment and anger: cut to the core!

Any additional comments?

His ideas felt somewhat old, not quite right ...

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35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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