Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

by James D. Miller
     
 

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With the success of Ray Kurzweil's bestseller The Singularity is Near, the Singularity is now a topic of conversation, worldwide. But how will it impact our lives? And what should we be doing now?

The Singularity is a possible outcome of Moore's Law, the observation that computing power is exponentially increasing. Eventually artificial intelligence-on its own or

Overview

With the success of Ray Kurzweil's bestseller The Singularity is Near, the Singularity is now a topic of conversation, worldwide. But how will it impact our lives? And what should we be doing now?

The Singularity is a possible outcome of Moore's Law, the observation that computing power is exponentially increasing. Eventually artificial intelligence-on its own or integrated with the human brain-will dramatically dwarf current human intelligence. At that point, civilization will transform into something beyond our current comprehension-the Singularity.

The coming of the Singularity is now anticipated by many of the leading thinkers in Silicon Valley, with excitement by some and trepidation by others. But passively waiting for the Singularity isn't your only option.

Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World focuses on the implications of a future society faced with the Singularity. James D. Miller, an economics professor and Singularity scholar, reveals how natural selection has been increasing human intelligence over the past few thousand years. He offers predictions about the economic implications of the coming changes and practical career and investment advice on flourishing on the way to the Singularity.

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“Many books are fun and interesting, but Singularity Rising is fun and interesting while focusing on some of the most important pieces of humanity's most important problem.”
Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director, Singularity Institute

“The arrow of progress may kick upwards into a booming curve or it may terminate in an existential zero. What it will not do is carry on as before. With great insight and forethought, Miller’s Singularity Rising prepares us for the forking paths ahead by teasing out the consequences of an artificial intelligence explosion and by staking red flags on the important technological problems of the next three decades.”
Peter Thiel, self-made technology billionaire and co-founder of the Singularity Summit

“We've waited too long for a thorough, articulate, general-audience account of modern thinking on exponentially increasing machine intelligence and its risks and rewards for humanity. Miller provides exactly that, and I hope and expect that his book will greatly raise the quality of debate and research in this critical area.”
Aubrey de Grey, leading biomedical gerontologist and former AI researcher

“How can we be intelligent about superintelligence? Its finessed agility steers its course through the terrain of analytics and into the salty basin of awareness. It is wise. It is a nonpartisan player. It flirts freely with friendliness. Miller understands this, even if his approach is at times jolting. Singularity Rising, by default, turns the reader to question the true value of intelligence and hopefully realize that it must be found in the bosom of its wisdom.”
Natasha Vita-More, Chairman, Humanity+; editor, The Transhumanist Reader

“There are things in this book that could mess with your head.”
Vernor Vinge, computer scientist, Hugo Award-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep, essayist of "The Coming Technological Singularity"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936661657
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,286,089
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


James D. Miller is an associate professor of economics at Smith College and was a speaker at the 2008 Singularity Summit. He has a JD from Stanford where he was on Law Review and a PhD from the University of Chicago where his dissertation advisor was a Nobel Prize winner. He is a columnist for BetterInvesting Magazine and regularly wrote for CNBC.com during the tech bubble. The Singularity Institute called Miller’s work “important” and relevant to its core mission.

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