Your Obsolete Brain: Life and Death in the Age of Superintelligent Machines

Your Obsolete Brain: Life and Death in the Age of Superintelligent Machines

by Dennis L Foster


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We live not only in a time of social and technological transition, but also of biological, evolutionary, and environmental change. It is also a time of great and growing upheaval—of societies, species, and the planet itself. Artificial intelligence has already permeated many aspects of daily life and will continue to alter the affairs of men and women, institutions, and warfare, in ways both positive and negative, beyond the lifetime of anyone reading these words.

AI is changing how people live, work, learn, play, and interact. It is changing their health outlook, consumer behavior, employment prospects, work place, and capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing world growing increasingly dependent on technology. Behind the scenes, AI is drastically changing business, banking, and the global economy. The continued development and deployment of AI-empowered weapons have already changed the way that wars and, inevitably, policing, will be conducted in the future.

AI development currently promises spectacular advances in health care, disease eradication, prosthetics, education, and resolution of crucial global problems such as climate change, resource depletion, and famine. However, the specter of autonomous weapons equipped with human reasoning, super-intelligent computers disdainful of their intellectually human inferiors, and virus-like nanorobot viruses are more real than most people realize or want to believe. The means to create weapons that operate independently of human operators is not merely science fantasy; it already exists. From flying laser cannons to robot tanks and submarines, the advent of AI-controlled weapons has already spawned a futuristic arms race. AI milestones are virtually toppling like dominoes, day by day. One event is certain: ultimately, the quality of life and possibly the entire fate of everyone who lives on Earth will be forever impacted by artificial intelligence from birth to death—and possibly beyond

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692900024
Publisher: Life Science Institute
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Dennis Lee Foster is a computer scientist, consultant, author, artist, explorer, and educator, known for his groundbreaking work in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the fields of educational technology, medical diagnosis, and robotics. He is also known as an authority on franchising, with 40 years experience in developing and deploying franchise systems in diverse industries, from technology and health care to hotels and restaurants.
Actively involved in AI research, software development, and implementation, he is the author of over 60 published books on a wide range of subjects, including AI, computer programming, technology, business management, finance, health care, sociology, education, behavior science, and marketing. The massive deployment and spread of his authored AI-based learning systems via more than 18,000 universities, colleges, and technical schools since the early 1980s was the first global implementation of AI in education and a milestone in the real-world application of behavioral science learning technology.
He currently serves as CEO of Mundus Education Corporation and is also the volunteer Director of The Life Science Institute. He authors The AI Insider blog covering the influence of artificial intelligence on society, business, and work.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why You Need to Read This Book

1 Will the Human Era Be Ended?

2 Open the Pod Bay Door, Please

3 An Animal in the Cave

4 Elementary, My Dear Watson

5 Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light

6 Not With the Eyes, But With the Mind

7 Toothpaste, Cars, and Your Romantic Prospects

8 The Data Will Confess to Anything

9 Kindling the Fire

10 Fire and Forget

11 Not with a Bang but a Whimper

12 Not Just the Wires

13 Old Models Must Be Discarded

14 If You Die Before You Wake

15 The World We Take for Granted

16 Rules of Engagement


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