How to Create a Mind

Both hardware and software are progressing exponentially.  If logical thinking were the essence of intelligence, then computers would already be superior to us.  The area where humans still have an edge is our emotional intelligence.  Emotion is not some sideshow or distraction to intelligence.  Being funny, being sexy, expressing love – those are the cutting edge of human intelligence.

   ~ “Can We Reverse-engineer the Brain”, interview with Ray Kurzweil, by Brian O’Keefe, Fortune Magazine, January 2013

 

Transcendence

I was thinking about how much computation is represented by the ocean. I mean, it’s all these water molecules interacting with each other; that’s computation. It’s quite beautiful; I always found it very soothing and that’s really what computation is all about. To capture these transcendent moments of our consciousness.

~ Ray Kurzweil, Transcendent Man