Futurist, author, and pioneering inventor Ray Kurzweil will be at the Jewish Community Center to speak on his newest book, How to Create a Mind. Kurzweil, probably best known for his writing on the Singularity (his prediction that, about mid-century, computers will become essentially smarter than humans) or for his work creating speech-recognition devices, is confident that his latest theory on pattern recognition will allow humans to conceptually reverse-engineer the human brain, and thus understand better why people do what they do. Kurzweil postulates that it'd be possible with such knowledge to create machines with human intelligence — and beyond. Whether or not you agree with his theory, he's long been a scientific voice both clear and titillating. Why not join Kurzweil as he continues his conceptual journey through the new frontiers of technology? He may be right, he may be wrong, but listen: He's thought a lot about this, and he's really smart.
Ray Kurzweil speaks at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Tickets are $30-$40. 292-1233 or jccsf.org.