Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind

Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind

by Hans Moravec
     
 

In this compelling book, Hans Moravec predicts that machines will attain human levels of intelligence by the year 2040, and that by 2050, they will surpass us. But even though Moravec predicts the end of the domination by human beings, his is not a bleak vision. Far from railing against a future in which machines rule the world, Moravec embraces it, taking the

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In this compelling book, Hans Moravec predicts that machines will attain human levels of intelligence by the year 2040, and that by 2050, they will surpass us. But even though Moravec predicts the end of the domination by human beings, his is not a bleak vision. Far from railing against a future in which machines rule the world, Moravec embraces it, taking the startling view that intelligent robots will actually be our evolutionary heirs. "Intelligent machines, which will grow from us, learn our skills, and share our goals and values, can be viewed as children of our minds." And since they are our children, we will want them to outdistance us. In fact, in a bid for immortality, many of our descendants will choose to transform into "ex humans," as they upload themselves into advanced computers.

This provocative new book, the highly anticipated follow-up to his bestselling volume Mind Children, charts the trajectory of robotics in breathtaking detail. A must read for artificial intelligence, technology, and computer enthusiasts, Moravec's freewheeling but informed speculations present a future far different than we ever dared imagine.

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Editorial Reviews

Scientific American
Moravec...foresees big things for robots....[We] will all be able to lead the kind of life now enjoyed only by the idle rich.
Wired
. . .[A] dramaticawe-inspiring prophecy of the human future. . . .amplifies and substantiates [Moravec's] vision in concisesimpleyet elegant prose.
Booknews
The founder of the robotics program at Carnegie Mellon University proclaims that artificial intelligence and robotics are on the verge of an evolutionary breakthrough, and proposes a timeline in which robots will meet and then exceed human intelligence as soon as 2050. He predicts first massive unemployment as robots take all the jobs, then an eon of milk and honey as they do all the work, and finally the end or transformation of humans as we are supplanted by our creations. He thinks all this is a good idea. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Event Horizon
Moravec's book is an excellent guide to the science behind a lot of recent SF — and an exciting (if disturbing) preview of what's next...Robot is among the few truly first-rate books of speculative science — books in which respected scientists extrapolate their ideas into the future with some (but not too much) rigor.
Hans Moravec
Moravec's book is an excellent guide to the science behind a lot of recent SF — and an exciting (if disturbing) preview of what's next...Robot is among the few truly first-rate books of speculative science — books in which respected scientists extrapolate their ideas into the future with some (but not too much) rigor.
Event Horizon
Colin McGinn
....[I]ntellectually adventurous and free with confident futuristic speculation....This is good knockabout stuff, a heady and unnerving glimpse into a possible future. -- The New York Times Book Review
Scientific American
Moravec...foresees big things for robots....[We] will all be able to lead the kind of life now enjoyed only by the idle rich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195136302
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/18/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Arthur C. Clarke
The most awesome work of controlled imagination I have ever encountered: Hans Moravec stretched my mind until it hit the stops.
David Brin
Blends hard scientific practicality with a prophet's far-seeing vision. His tomorrow is both disturbing and ultimately thrilling. A world where machines are given souls by their creations, and help us achieve unimaginable heights.

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