June 21, 2012
Ray Kurzweil - "The Sensory Effect"
|Singularity's most famous personality Ray Kurzweil, spoke recently at the NY Tech meetup. Reiterating his common themes and ideas, he also delved into his upcoming book, "How to Create a Mind" and the power of dreaming.|
“I’ll assign myself a problem when I go to sleep, and then I’ll dream of that problem,” said Kurzweil.
Kurzweil also mentions the susceptibility of “professionals” whose job it is to learn the “parameters and limitations” of ideas, to be more likely to dismiss real possibilities as being impossible. Citing Freud, he says that the “censors in your mind are relaxed when you’re dreaming. That’s why you’ll dream about things that are culturally or socially taboo.”
This notion parallels much of what is dicussed in Jonah Lehrer's Imagine: How Creativity Works. In Imagine, for instance, Lehrer reveals how Bob Dylan only wrote the breakthrough hit "Like a Rolling Stone," after isolating himself and claiming he was quitting the music business. Essentially he creatively went to sleep.
This fall, author Ray Kurzweil will release, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. According to Kurzweil, exponential gains are now taking hold in neuroscience and our general understanding of the brain.
How to Create a Mind the bold futurist best selling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain. In the book, Kurzweil will present 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.
Also coming up this summer is a movie featuring Kurzweil - The Singularity Is Near, which explores the themes and ideas of the best-selling book with the same name.
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