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Delusions of a “besotted technophile”

Ray Kurzweil predicts that by 2029 scientists will have created conscious computers. Rubbish

By Raymond Tallis   April 2013

Creating a mind: we are on our way to building artificial “superbrains,” claims Kurzweil © Scott Fensome/Age Fotostocks/Superstock

Readers of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed must be able to handle disappointment, although after running the gauntlet of a jacket plastered with plaudits for the author—“world-renowned inventor, thinker and futurist” and a “restless genius”—they may be inclined to blame themselves. But they shouldn’t. The recipe for minds is withheld and human thought can rest in the knowledge that its secret is safe. Safer, I…

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