on airfrom | the Coast to Coast showThe future of mind + machine.

feat. Ray Kurzweil
January 1, 2020


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radio show: the Coast to Coast show
episode The future of mind + machine.
date: February 2013

guest: Ray Kurzweil
host: George Knapp

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An introduction.

Host George Knapp welcomed futurist Ray Kurzweil for a discussion on the merging of man + machine. And his research into reverse-engineering the human brain to understand precisely how it works.

Design of the human mind.

According to Kurzweil’s estimate, the brain consists of 300 million “pattern recognizers” — that assign these trends into hierarchies. This hierarchy ranges from simple patterns like shapes + sounds — at the low end. To more abstract concepts such as irony, humor, and beauty — at the top. He said driving the creation of this hierarchy are our own thoughts as we create one conceptual level at a time.

By understanding how this process works, he now plans on designing computers which will utilize the same methodology.

Transcending limitations.

Kurzweil observed that the envelopment of humanity by tech is not a fearful new development. He said it’s merely part of larger human evolution to transcend the limitations of biology. He dismissed concerns about the eventual augmentation of the body with tech devices.

He suggested that very few people will opt-out when the opportunity becomes available. He said that — much like there are a myriad of apps available for smart-phones — there will be millions of choices for people to fuse tech with their body.

Kurzweil pointed to the ubiquity of smart-phones as a sign that technologically augmenting the body will not be solely the domain of the wealthy. Ultimately, he stressed that machines are the creations of humans — and so they’re already part of who we are.

bio | Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is a world-leading inventor, thinker, and futurist. Called the “restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and ‘the ultimate thinking machine’ by Forbes magazine — his ideas on the future have been touted by his many fans. Who range from Bill Gates to Bill Clinton.

Time magazine said Ray Kurzweil’s eclectic career — and propensity for combining science with practical, humanitarian applications — have inspired comparisons with Thomas Edison.

He’s a recipient of the US National Medal of Technology and an inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He’s author of  6 best-selling books:

  • the Age of Intelligent Machines
  • the Age of Spiritual Machines
  • the Singularity is Near
  • How to Create a Mind
  • Fantastic Voyage + Transcend
  • the Singularity is Nearer

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UFO = unidentified flying object
US = United States


Five guests participated in a roundtable discussion about transhumanism, a movement that looks ahead to augmentation of human capabilities.