The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity

by Amy Webb


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541773752
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 70,618
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist whose research focus is on artificial intelligence and how emerging technologies will transform the way we live, work, and govern. She is the author of The Signals Are Talking: Why Today's Fringe Is Tomorrow's Mainstream, a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business, and the founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Now in its second decade, FTI advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy also publishes the annual FTI Emerging Tech Trends Report, which has now garnered more than 6.2 million cumulative views worldwide.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Before It's Too Late 1

Part I Ghosts in the Machine

1 Mind and Machine: A Very Brief History of AI 13

2 The Insular World of AI's Tribes 52

3 A Thousand Paper Cuts: AI's Unintended Consequences 97

Part II Our Futures

4 From Here to Artificial Superintendence: The Warning Signs 135

5 Thriving in the Third Age of Computing: The Optimistic Scenario 155

6 Learning to Live with Millions of Paper Cuts: The Pragmatic Scenario 179

7 The Réngong Zhìnéng Dynasty: The Catastrophic Scenario 207

Part III Solving the Problems

8 Pebbles and Boulders: How to Fix AI's Future 235

Acknowledgments 263

Bibliography 267

Notes 275

Index 299

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