Apr 5, 2013

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We've been reporting this week that the federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex  of the human brain. Someone else who's been thinking a lot about the brain is a guy we've wanted to speak with…

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'Home' gives your phone a Facebook facelift

Apr 5, 2013
While some are calling Facebook's big announcement on Thursday 'the fanciest screensaver anyone's ever seen,' Farhad Manjoo at Slate Magazine thinks 'Home' will work for a lot of people, including teens.

Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

Apr 5, 2013
Legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil shares his thoughts on the way humans and technology are becoming more intertwined and an irony of the human mind.

We’ve been reporting this week that the federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex  of the human brain. Someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain is a guy we’ve wanted to speak with for a long time: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. He’s done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians and beyond. Kurzweil has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined. And his latest book is called ‘How to Create A Mind.’ He tells us about an irony: While the brain’s work is complex, it’s based on simple components. 

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