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Book review: How to Create a Mind, by Ray Kurzweil

The subtitle of this book announces a pretty big ambition and Kurzweil is certainly not lacking in self-confidence. His main claim, in brief, is that artificial intelligence is well on its way to producing machines that will more than rival the human brain in terms of performance and which we will regard as conscious beings. He even sets a date by which this will be achieved - 2029. By the 2030s such machines will be so widespread that there will no longer be any serious debate about their status as persons. [More]

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