How to Create a Mind
Futurist Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), a pioneering theorist and inventor, now at Google, has spent decades exploring how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Among his innovations is a device that helps the blind read print, which Stevie Wonder says changed his life. Kurzweil’s new book, How to Create a Mind, takes this exploration further: reverse-engineering the brain to understand how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.
How to Create a Mind
In conversation with Campo Santo’s Sean San José
Born in the Dominican Republic and now a proud Jersey boy, Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz(Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, This Is How You Lose Her) has one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. With sharp insights and wit, he offers a fresh look at what it means to belong to a diaspora, to live out the possibilities and ambiguities of perpetual insider/outsider status.
In conversation with Judson True
Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) has made a career out of writing about his native Afghanistan revealing the beauty and agony of this little-known part of the world to millions of readers. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and has been providing humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. His new novel, And the Mountains Echoed, crosses continents from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco, exploring how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.
From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, this brutally honest comedian finds wisdom in the strangest places. Maron’s new book, Attempting Normal, is a reflection on his journey back through the wilderness of his own mind, the journey of a sympathetic screw-up who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess.
In conversation with Joyce Goldstein
Lovers of lox unite! Join Mark Russ Federman, the third-generation owner of Russ & Daughters, the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, for a celebration of its long history. In Russ & Daughters: The House That Herring Built, Federman shares his immigrant family’s rags-to-riches journey from a pushcart on Hester Street in 1907 to a landmark institution of Jewish cuisine.
More Money Than God
Join the influential leader of one of the largest congregations in the United States, whom Newsweek has named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America, for a special sermon on the power of money, the way that Judaism teaches us to use that power, and its possible misuse. What does tzedakah have to do with the Jewish ethic of understanding wealth?
Known as the father of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier draws on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology has transformed our culture. In his new book, Who Owns the Future?, Lanier examines the effects that network technologies have had on our economy and charts the path toward a new information economy.
Money, Politics & Democracy
Former New York State Attorney General and Governor Eliot Spitzer, aka “Sheriff of Wall Street,” is a long-time critic of financial malfeasance, having prosecuted abuses among major Wall Street firms as well as numerous other industries. Spitzer addresses the corrosive effect money has on American politics and the evolving role of Jews in politics from outsiders to the ultimate insiders.