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Wed November 28, 2012
When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology
Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.
On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Ray Kurzweil about his book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, in which he theorizes that the future of neuroscience involves connecting your brain to The Cloud.
We'll discuss artificial intelligence, reverse-engineering the brain and how technology might improve our cognitive skills.
HEAR MORE: Ray Kurzweil speaks on December 6 at 7 p.m. at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. For tickets, contact Rainy Day Books in Fairway or call 913 384 3126.
Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. His website has more than one million readers.
He is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office.
He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents. His recent books include The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near, a New York Times bestseller.