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

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

by James Barrat
 

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ISBN-10: 1250058783

ISBN-13: 9781250058782

Pub. Date: 02/17/2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013

Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial

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A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013

Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.

In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.

Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250058782
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/17/2015
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
217,924
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction l

1 The Busy Child 7

2 The Two-Minute Problem 22

3 Looking into the Future 35

4 The Hard Way 49

5 Programs that Write Programs 69

6 Four Basic Drives 78

7 The Intelligence Explosion 99

8 The Point of No Return 118

9 The Law of Accelerating Returns 132

10 The Singularitarian 148

11 A Hard Takeoff 161

12 The Last Complication 187

13 Unknowable by Nature 211

14 The End of the Human Era 229

15 The Cyber Ecosystem 244

16 AGI 2.0 265

Notes 269

Index 311

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