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Nobody wants to die, so many people do their best to stave off the inevitable with appropriate diet and exercise regimens. But Ray Kurzweil really, really doesn’t want to die. The inventor of the flatbed scanner, the text-to-speech synthesizer for blind readers, and the K250 keyboard takes 150 pills a day in his quest to live long enough to witness “the singularity” in 2045. By then, Kurzweil believes, technology will have advanced to such a degree that humans will be able to augment our brains and bodies with it, allowing us to live, perhaps, forever. In his latest book on the mind-body-technology evolution, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, Kurzweil delves deep into the flesh-and-blood computer that runs our feeble bodies and into the consciousness that makes us want to figure out new ways to defeat Mother Nature. With the emergence of artificial intelligence in the form of Apple’s Siri and IBM’s Watson, the technological takeover may not be so far off, so pop a few extra Vitamin D supplements and prepare to be amazed.
The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $40. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.