Our Final Invention Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

ISBN-10: 0312622376
ISBN-13: 9780312622374
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Barrat
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Description: The promises Artificial Intelligence holds for our future are often described in utopian terms-intelligent, helpful robots, enhanced brain function, even the development of life-extending technologies. But there's another, rarely discussed and far  More...

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List price: $26.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

The promises Artificial Intelligence holds for our future are often described in utopian terms-intelligent, helpful robots, enhanced brain function, even the development of life-extending technologies. But there's another, rarely discussed and far darker possibility. Our Final Invention argues that we may be racing towards our own extinction, as military, academic, and corporate advances in artificial intelligence lead to an unlable new life form, one that's smarter and more powerful than we can imagine.This isn't science fiction, but it is actually far closer than most of us realize. Bringing AI experts together in a thoroughly accessible way to reveal the dark side of the optimistic vision presented in The Singularity is Near, Our Final Invention explores the frightening likelihood of catastrophic outcomes once we share the planet with intelligent machines.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Busy Child
The Two-Minute Problem
Looking into the Future
The Hard Way
Programs that Write Programs
Four Basic Drives
The Intelligence Explosion
The Point of No Return
The Law of Accelerating Returns
The Singularitarian
A Hard Takeoff
The Last Complication
Unknowable by Nature
The End of the Human Era
The Cyber Ecosystem
AGI 2.0
Notes
Index

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