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

We are now at the dawn of an era of radical possibilities that could allow us—as we merge with our technology—to effectively address the world’s grand challenges.

That’s one of the conclusions drawn by Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Kurzweil can easily make such statements.

After all, he’s probably the most influential technological visionary on earth.

A pioneering inventor and theorist, Kurzweil has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities.

Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, Kurzweil 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.

Yesterday Kurzweil guested for the full hour of The Glenn Beck Program on TheBlaze TV. Here’s part one:

And the second part:

The final segment:

Drawing on the most recent neuroscience research, his own research and inventions in artificial intelligence, and compelling thought experiments, Kurzweil 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, who also authored The Age of Spiritual Machines, shows how these insights will enable us to greatly extend the powers of our own minds and provides a road map for the creation of super-intelligence—humankind’s most exciting next venture.

Here’s an interview with Kurzweil on his thoughts behind How to Create a Mind:

And an even more extensive chat with the author: