Ray Kurzweil, you can love him and think he is right about our future, or you can think of him as a crazy person who couldn’t be more wrong. I think I am somewhere in between. Although I think his theories are intriguing and plausible, I wouldn’t bet on a technological singularity in a little over 15 years. But he has been right about a lot of his predictions. Last night I watched Kurzweil talk to Glenn Beck about his new book How to Create a Mind. The book is about reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. In this talk Kurzweil talks about 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 possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.