Your guide to science, from the Big Bang to AI
Whether you wish to discover the basics of science or catch up on its latest developments, this short accessible guide is for you.
YOUNIVERSE describes in simple terms the world you are inseparably a part of: what it is, how it works and your place in it – insofar as these things are known. The text has been vetted by 13 distinguished scientists.
Journey now through time and space, a world of the unimaginably big and the inconceivably small – though the marvels of science.
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‘This is a fine piece of work… very entertaining and informative… It should appeal and be useful to the generalist who wants an overview of science.’ Sir Peter Ratcliffe, 2019 Nobel Prize winner and head of clinical research at the Francis Crick Institute
‘Startling in scope and bravado.’ The New York Times
A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and who Bill Gates calls ‘the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.’
For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.
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‘Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.’ Los Angeles Times
‘Elaborate, smart and persuasive.’ The Boston Globe
‘A pleasure to read.’ The Wall Street Journal
An Amazon Best Science Book of 2005
A CBS News Best Autumn Books of 2005
A St Louis Post-Dispatch Best Nonfiction Book of 2005
‘Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.’ Bill Gates
In How to Create a Mind, Ray Kurzweil offers a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilisation: reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil explores how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical – arguably inevitable – future of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.