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Ray Kurzweil: How to Create a Mind

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Ray Kurzweil


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Inventor; Futurist; Author, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed


For decades pioneering inventor and theorist Kurzweil has explored how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand 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, 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. He shows how these insights could enable us to vastly extend the powers of our own mind and provides a roadmap for the creation of superintelligence.


Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8:15 p.m. book signing
Cost: Regular $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students. Premium (includes copy of book and reserved seating in front) $40 standard, $40 members.
Also know: In association with the Oshman Family JCC


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November 15, 2012
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