Speaking at a US Patent and Trademark Office conference in Philadelphia last week, inventor, entrepreneur and author (on the topic of artificial intelligence) Ray Kurweil unveiled his latest patent for a “cybernetic poet” as well as these words of advice on how to invent:
Mr. Kurzweil roams from the philosophical to the practical. During his talk in Philadelphia, he offered practical tips on how inventors can harness their ideas. He advocates what he calls lucid dreaming – harnessing the unconscious to work on problems while sleeping.
“When I go to sleep I assign myself a problem, without trying to solve the problem,” he said. Then during his waking moments, between consciousness and slumber, he revisits the problem. “It is a great time for creative thinking,” he said. “You can think of new connections, new approaches that you wouldn’t otherwise think of.”