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Great Conversations features Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming

For Release: 2012-11-27 08:43:00

On the next Great Conversations, Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, is interviewed by Jim Fleming, Peabody Award-winning host of Public Radio International’s To the Best of Our Knowledge. In his book, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain. Great Conversations: Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming airs Monday, Dec. 19 at 10/9 p.m. on KET.

Kurzweil is a pioneer and one of the leading inventors today. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain. He examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness, while envisioning the radical possibilities of merging with the intelligent technology being created today.

Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He has received 19 honorary doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

The program was recorded at Kurzweil’s recent appearance at the Kentucky Author Forum in Louisville.

Great Conversations: Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming is a KET production. Producer-director is Tom Bickel, and executive producer is Teresa Day. Kurzweil’s appearance is part of the Kentucky Author Forum, which is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum and sponsored by the University of Louisville, in partnership with Brown-Forman and The Humana Foundation.

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