Innovator, inventor, entrepreneur, and engineer Ray Kurzweil was called "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. His inventions span technology from the practical and necessary to the creative, including the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments. His many awards and grants include the MIT-Lemelson Prize and the National Medal of Technology. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. The latest of his many publications, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, will be released in November.