Your Thoughts Create Your Brain

The basic technologies to enable us to look inside the brain and see its functioning are growing exponentially. And they're at a point now where we can actually see individual interneural connections forming and firing.

"It's very hard to fix a vacuum cleaner if you don't understand its method of operation," says Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil, of course, is not a vacuum repair man but a futurist visionary who is leading efforts to understand the complex nature of the human neocortex so that we might be able to reverse-engineer the brain. 


This is no small task, as Kurzweil points out, but it may be accomplished through redundancy. Kurzweil says in the video below: "How does 25 million bytes of design information create this entity with hundreds of trillions of connections? Through redundancy. There's a great deal of repetition."

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