Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

by Richard Yonck

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Overview

For readers of Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking, the book readers have acclaimed as "A mega-comprehensive outlook at intelligence as convincing as it is surprising" and "A truly breathtaking forecast on the future of intelligence."

With the ongoing advancement of AI and other technologies, our world is becoming increasingly intelligent. From chatbots to innovations in brain-computer interfaces to the possibility of superintelligences leading to the Singularity later this century, our reality is being transformed before our eyes. This is commonly seen as the natural result of progress, but what if there’s more to it than that? What if intelligence is an inevitability, an underlying property of the universe?
 
In Future Minds, Richard Yonck challenges our assumptions about intelligence—what it is, how it came to exist, its place in the development of life on Earth and possibly throughout the cosmos. Taking a Big History perspective—over the 14 billion years from the Big Bang to the present and beyond—he draws on recent developments in physics and complexity theory to explore the questions: Why do pockets of increased complexity develop, giving rise to life, intelligence, and civilization? How will it grow and change throughout this century, transforming both technology and humanity? As we expand outward from our planet, will we discover other forms of intelligence, or will we conclude we are destined to go it alone? Any way we look at it, the nature of intelligence in the universe is becoming a central concern for humanity. Ours. Theirs. And everything in between.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948924382
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 644,921
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Yonck is a futurist, author and speaker with Intelligent Future Consulting, based in Seattle, Washington. He has written extensively about the future and emerging technologies for numerous publications and was the computing and artificial intelligence contributing editor for the long-running The Futurist magazine. He has been published and quoted in Scientific American, The New York Times, Fast Company,BBC News, Forbes, World Future Review, Wired, Psychology Today,and numerous podcasts and radio programs. He regularly appears as a conference keynote and panelist addressing industry, nonprofits, and academic audiences.
 

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Deep Past

1 Intelligence in the Universe: Or, Where Is Everybody? 3

2 The Origin of Everything 20

3 Enduring Entropy 34

4 The Evolution of Life and Biointelligence 46

5 Complexity and Emergence 62

6 The Coevolution of Humanity and Technology (Part 1) 76

Twenty-First Century

7 Chatbots and the Illusion of Awareness 97

8 The Next Milestones 114

9 Getting Emotional 134

10 What Makes a Mind? 150

11 The Path to Intelligence Augmentation 169

12 Hacking Human 2.0 187

13 The Birth of a Superintelligence 204

Deep Future

14 The Coevolution of Humanity and Technology (Part 2) 227

15 Cognitive Cloning, Uploading, and Digital Consciousness 245

16 A Multiplicity of Minds 264

17 Awakening the Universe 283

18 The Quest for Power 302

19 Life at the End of the Universe 321

Acknowledgments 335

Notes 339

Index 363

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