Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies Author Nick Bostrom
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A New York Times bestseller

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

This profoundly ambitious and original book breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.



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Learn about the future of artificial intelligence in a fraction of the time it takes to listen to the actual book!

Inside your cranium is the thing that allows you to read: your brain. Animals have other features, like knifelike claws and powerful muscles. But our brains have let us create a system for verbal communication, science, electronics, and intimate public arrangement. Each generation has done better and progressed further than the previous generation.

We have the dominance because we can build the things. We could build a superintelligence that could safeguard human values. But we'd get only one chance, because if the superintelligence became unfriendly, getting rid of it or changing it would be next to impossible.

It seems possible that sometime soon there could be an artificial intelligence advancement. And a couple of chapters in this book are devoted to possible pathways to that. But the majority of the book is devoted to what happens next. The powers of the superintelligence, the decisive choices available. Then how do we mold the conditions to get a survivable and favorable outcome? Toward the end we look at the big picture and how to avoid catastrophe.

There may be things in this book Bostrom fails to take into account, and he may draw some wrong conclusions. There is uncertainty, and it is expressed when necessary.

Here is a preview of what you'll learn when you download your copy today:

  • How artificial intelligence works and the way it will change the future
  • The reason why it would be difficult for one organization to dominate the artificial intelligence industry
  • How the world needs to work together in order to create a safe and responsible form of artificial intelligence



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Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist

Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist Author A.L. Byk
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When does fatherhood end?


Blessed are the ones who give us a little more! And, blessed are the engineers who seek scientific answers to life’s little perplexities. While the 98-year old stress physicist gains a recalcitrant chauffeur and cook, the faithful homemaker makes a new home with an old aerospace engineer, namely her father-in-law. A surprising new life develops. Mister B spins history like cotton candy. He IS the loveable, bumbling scientist portrayed in Nevil Shute's romantic character, Mr. Honey, (Jimmy Stewart) in the movie, No Highway. This is a terrific, yet unusual love story. "...In these small, perfectly executed moments, Byk brings her fascinating family to life for readers with warm and genuinely funny wit..." - KIRKUS

As an immigrant drinks in the love of belonging, a mathematician drinks the probability curve related to everything else.
How did this dance between a strong woman and an elderly rocket scientist begin? Encompassing the sweetest of Polish immigrant history studded with philosophical math trivia, epistemology, this love story is for curiosity seekers looking for the mysteries of family commitment. (You'll also learn a bit of structural science.)

When a chauffeur-cook decides to help the 98-year-old rocket scientist by moving into his home, he decides to teach her a few life lessons. Together, they begin to discover why they might still matter. Mister B begins to disclose all these treasures to a new companion-chauffeur: bits and pieces of the Space Shuttle Gemini, Titan and Apollo missions, and frightening corporate pressures of science and war. The old man often recalls his displaced mother and father, Polish immigrants.


Born in 1916, to a Polish-speaking mother, Joseph Byk began his early schooling in rope-tied-baggy-pants-poverty. He was every teachers’ dreaded student. Secretly, he aspired to design vehicles that defy gravity.

Mister B’s hopes for designing flying machines get seeded in the soil of the University of Alabama, prior to the outbreak of WWII. Designing the first basic trainer planes at the Vultee plant in Downey, California, was only the first of this materials analyst's footprint.
Immigrant story lovers and book clubs thriving on the Greatest Generation memoirs of World War I & II, also appreciate the reticent romance. Family members caring for aging parents have been waiting for a sweet wit and a laugh. Surviving the death of his wife, the ol’ man decides to teach his younger caretaker a thing or two: specifically that, his newest design is to live forever. With a shot of respect, Mister B's bygone family ideals confront the independence of a younger generation as he reveals a lifetime of secrets.
When middle-age merges households with that of an eccentric stress engineer, we find that being politically correct is not Mister B's style. The reader is carried from tragedy to hilarity as his companion seeks to please him with foodie experiments while coaxing Mister B to upgrade his 44-year-old home. Too bad the only non-controversial place to renovate the HUD-styled real estate is in the weedy backyard. If only youth had not promised to save this 97-year-old Polish father from the nursing home!
The ol’ man and his new companion gradually redesign a dry acre into a flowering conversation piece where mushroom collecting and the sources of hydrogen and iron are discussed. Interior design must take a back seat while the scientific engineer challenges them to consider theories of deflection, accuracy, stress variables, and material strengths. With all the delicacy of designing a conical intersection onto a space capsule, the threesome focus on integrating their relationships in 3-D.
If you like Laura Hillenbrand, Margot Shetterly, Shel Silverstein, Karen Kingsbury, Peter Mayle, Haven Kimmel, Marja Mills, you will lo



The Theory of Human Devolution: The True Origin of the Human Species

The Theory of Human Devolution: The True Origin of the Human Species Author Dan Anghel
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In our postmodern era many believe that the quantum physics has all the answers, because of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
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After the invention of the quantum physics the problem of materialistic determinism was solved by the materialistic indeterminism.
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The “hardware” that can support a free consciousness cannot be material.
The mechanism that can make possible the freedom it is “a mechanism without mechanism” .
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An artificial consciousness, created by men , it is also impossible to create.

Only an Infinite Intelligence , can imagine and create the support that can make possible the self-determination.
And the self-consciousness it is even more complex in the nature of its substance.
The “hardware “ that can make possible the free consciousness is infinite in complexity ,and only a Free Creative Being of Infinite Intelligence can create it.
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And God is self-determined by definition.
God is the effect without cause.
And our profound nature is divine also , because our profound nature is the free consciousness , the self-determination.
Because we are free we are self-determined.
The spirit is self-determined, the effect it is without cause, this is the profound nature of God, because God is freedom, God is The creator, and His Profound Nature is the self- determination.
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God is the effect without cause, and we are divine in nature because we are free.
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We are Not Biochemical Robots, we are Not just Biological Machines, we are self- determined consciousness that could only came from God.
This is logical.

And this is the profound reason for what God does not make the decisions for us, He lets us make our own decisions, because, we are by Nature self-determined, we are like Him, Regnum Dei not Regnum Animalis.
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We all devolved from a higher purer humanity , that had , at the beginning , a divine identity, a born divine nobility. We were human divine and from a divine humanity. At the beginning God created all perfect in body and spirit.

And because of the rebellion against the moral of God we devolved.

We created another moral, but it was proven to us wrong.
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The philosophical problem of evil tormented me for years. I was obsessed by this problem.

And I solved it, the solution is : The victims from today are yesterday’s aggressors, and the victims from the beginning were defended by God , even if yesterday the aggressors were in other bodies , in other lives .
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God loves the Human Species.
God defended the victims from the Beginning.
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God loves the humankind.
Be humane !
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AT THE BEGINNING, WE WERE CREATED AFTER THE IMAGE OF GOD .

BUT THE HUMANITY DESECRATED THE IMAGE OF GOD, THAT LIVED AND STILL LIVES IN US, AND
THE TRUE IMAGE OF THE ONE TRUE GOD IS JESUS CHRIST.
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WHO DESPISES THE MORAL OF FORGIVENESS WILL BE SATURATED BY THE JUSTICE.
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THIS IS NOT A POSTMODERN ERA, BUT A POSTHUMAN ERA.
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THIS IS THE NEW THEORY OF HUMAN DEVOLUTION.



Superintelligence

Superintelligence Author Nick Bostrom
ISBN-10 9780199678112
Release 2014
Pages 328
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Human beings occupy a dominant position on our planet, not because we have stronger muscles or sharper teeth than other species, but because we have smarter brains. Our brains developed the technologies and the complex social organization that make us powerful. For example, our smartness gave us bulldozers and knives that are stronger and sharper than any animal's muscles or teeth.If machine brains come to surpass human brains as ours surpass those of other animals, the machine brains could become as powerful relative to us as we are to the other animals. Extreme levels of machine intelligence - superintelligence - would potentially be in a position to shape the future. What happens to humanity, whether humanity would even survive, would then depend on the goals of the superintelligence. The possibility of a machine intelligence revolution is therefore an extremely important topic. Perhaps it is the most important topic.Readership : Suitable for general readers as well as academics in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Computer Science, and Philosophy.



Superintelligence

Superintelligence Author Nick Bostrom
ISBN-10 9780191666827
Release 2014-07-03
Pages 272
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The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence. This profoundly ambitious and original book picks its way carefully through a vast tract of forbiddingly difficult intellectual terrain. Yet the writing is so lucid that it somehow makes it all seem easy. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.



Superintelligence

Superintelligence Author Nick Bostrom
ISBN-10 9780191666834
Release 2014-07-03
Pages 272
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The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence. This profoundly ambitious and original book picks its way carefully through a vast tract of forbiddingly difficult intellectual terrain. Yet the writing is so lucid that it somehow makes it all seem easy. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.



Global Catastrophic Risks

Global Catastrophic Risks Author Nick Bostrom
ISBN-10 9780199606504
Release 2011-09-29
Pages 576
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A Global Catastrophic Risk is one that has the potential to inflict serious damage to human well-being on a global scale. This book focuses on such risks arising from natural catastrophes (Earth-based or beyond), nuclear war, terrorism, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and social collapse.



Artificial Superintelligence

Artificial Superintelligence Author Roman V. Yampolskiy
ISBN-10 9781482234442
Release 2015-06-17
Pages 227
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A day does not go by without a news article reporting some amazing breakthrough in artificial intelligence (AI). Many philosophers, futurists, and AI researchers have conjectured that human-level AI will be developed in the next 20 to 200 years. If these predictions are correct, it raises new and sinister issues related to our future in the age of intelligent machines. Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach directly addresses these issues and consolidates research aimed at making sure that emerging superintelligence is beneficial to humanity. While specific predictions regarding the consequences of superintelligent AI vary from potential economic hardship to the complete extinction of humankind, many researchers agree that the issue is of utmost importance and needs to be seriously addressed. Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach discusses key topics such as: AI-Completeness theory and how it can be used to see if an artificial intelligent agent has attained human level intelligence Methods for safeguarding the invention of a superintelligent system that could theoretically be worth trillions of dollars Self-improving AI systems: definition, types, and limits The science of AI safety engineering, including machine ethics and robot rights Solutions for ensuring safe and secure confinement of superintelligent systems The future of superintelligence and why long-term prospects for humanity to remain as the dominant species on Earth are not great Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach is designed to become a foundational text for the new science of AI safety engineering. AI researchers and students, computer security researchers, futurists, and philosophers should find this an invaluable resource.



Human Enhancement

Human Enhancement Author Julian Savulescu
ISBN-10 9780199299720
Release 2009-01-22
Pages 423
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Human enhancement has risen into prominence as a topic in practical ethics and in public debates about the appropriate focus of biomedical research.This book features original contributions from many of the world's leading ethicists and moral thinkers working on these questions, representing a wide range of perspectives---from both the East and the West, from both booster and knockers and sceptics and moderates, with an emphasis on carefulanalytic work. Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom thus present a unique snapshot of the state of the debate. This is a must-read for anybody who wishes to have an informed opinion on these matters.



Science Fiction and Philosophy

Science Fiction and Philosophy Author Susan Schneider
ISBN-10 9781118922606
Release 2015-12-22
Pages 432
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Featuring numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition, presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues. Uses science fiction to address a series of classic and contemporary philosophical issues, including many raised by recent scientific developments Explores questions relating to transhumanism, brain enhancement, time travel, the nature of the self, and the ethics of artificial intelligence Features numerous updates to the popular and highly acclaimed first edition, including new chapters addressing the cutting-edge topic of the technological singularity Draws on a broad range of science fiction’s more familiar novels, films, and TV series, including I, Robot, The Hunger Games, The Matrix, Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Brave New World Provides a gateway into classic philosophical puzzles and topics informed by the latest technology



Our Final Invention

Our Final Invention Author James Barrat
ISBN-10 9781250032263
Release 2013-10-01
Pages 336
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A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013 Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence. In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine. Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?



How to Create a Mind

How to Create a Mind Author Ray Kurzweil
ISBN-10 9781101601105
Release 2012-11-13
Pages 352
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The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics which include Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and The Age of Spiritual Machines. From the Hardcover edition.



The Master Algorithm

The Master Algorithm Author Pedro Domingos
ISBN-10 9780241004555
Release 2015-09-22
Pages 352
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A spell-binding quest for the one algorithm capable of deriving all knowledge from data, including a cure for cancer Society is changing, one learning algorithm at a time, from search engines to online dating, personalized medicine to predicting the stock market. But learning algorithms are not just about Big Data - these algorithms take raw data and make it useful by creating more algorithms. This is something new under the sun: a technology that builds itself. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos reveals how machine learning is remaking business, politics, science and war. And he takes us on an awe-inspiring quest to find 'The Master Algorithm' - a universal learner capable of deriving all knowledge from data.



A Rough Ride to the Future

A Rough Ride to the Future Author James Lovelock
ISBN-10 9781468311600
Release 2015-02-10
Pages 208
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Bestselling author of The Revenge of Gaia James Lovelock—the great scientific visionary of our age—presents a radical vision of humanity’s future Now in his 95th year, James Lovelock has been hailed as “the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin” (Independent) and “the most profound scientific thinker of our time” (Literary Review). A Rough Ride to the Future introduces two new Lovelock­ian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was un­knowingly beginning what Lovelock calls “accelerated evolu­tion,” a process that is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth system whose discovery Lovelock first an­nounced nearly fifty years ago. A Rough Ride to the Future is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and asks—eloquently—whether his career trajec­tory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization. We are now changing the atmosphere again, and Lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. But instead of feeling guilty, we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to—perhaps even guide—the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough, life will continue on earth in some form far into the future.



Structures

Structures Author J E Gordon
ISBN-10 9780141927695
Release 1991-09-26
Pages 400
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In "The New Science of Strong Materials" the author made plain the secrets of materials science. In this volume he explains the importance and properties of different structures.



Robot

Robot Author Hans Moravec
ISBN-10 0195136306
Release 2000
Pages 227
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Moravec predicts a near-future in which robots will not only attain human levels of intelligence, they will also first displace human workers and then completely supplant humanity.



Risks of Artificial Intelligence

Risks of Artificial Intelligence Author Vincent C. Müller
ISBN-10 9781498734837
Release 2016-01-05
Pages 292
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If the intelligence of artificial systems were to surpass that of humans, humanity would face significant risks. The time has come to consider these issues, and this consideration must include progress in artificial intelligence (AI) as much as insights from AI theory. Featuring contributions from leading experts and thinkers in artificial intelligence, Risks of Artificial Intelligence is the first volume of collected chapters dedicated to examining the risks of AI. The book evaluates predictions of the future of AI, proposes ways to ensure that AI systems will be beneficial to humans, and then critically evaluates such proposals. The book covers the latest research on the risks and future impacts of AI. It starts with an introduction to the problem of risk and the future of artificial intelligence, followed by a discussion (Armstrong/Sokala/ÓhÉigeartaigh) on how predictions of its future have fared to date. Omohundro makes the point that even an innocuous artificial agent can easily turn into a serious threat for humans. T. Goertzel explains how to succeed in the design of artificial agents. But will these be a threat for humanity, or a useful tool? Ways to assure beneficial outcomes through ‘machine ethics’ and ‘utility functions’ are discussed by Brundage and Yampolskiy. B. Goertzel and Potapov/Rodionov propose ‘learning’ and ‘empathy’ as paths towards safer AI while Kornai explains how the impact of AI may be bounded. Sandberg explains the implications of human-like AI via the technique of brain emulation. Dewey discusses strategies to deal with the ‘fast takeoff’ of artificial intelligence and, finally, Bishop explains why there is no need to worry because computers will remain in a state of ‘artificial stupidity’. Sharing insights from leading thinkers in artificial intelligence, this book provides you with an expert-level perspective of what is on the horizon for AI, whether it will be a threat for humanity, and how we might counteract this threat.



Mind Children

Mind Children Author Hans Moravec
ISBN-10 0674576187
Release 1988
Pages 214
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"A dizzying display of intellect and wild imaginings by Moravec, a world-class roboticist who has himself developed clever beasts . . . Undeniably, Moravec comes across as a highly knowledgeable and creative talent--which is just what the field needs".--Kirkus Reviews.



The Singularity Is Near

The Singularity Is Near Author Ray Kurzweil
ISBN-10 1101218886
Release 2005-09-22
Pages 672
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“Startling in scope and bravado.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” —Los Angeles Times “Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” —The Boston Globe “A pleasure to read.” —The Wall Street Journal One of CBS News’s Best Fall Books of 2005 • Among St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 • One of Amazon.com’s Best Science Books of 2005 A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence” For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations. From the Trade Paperback edition.



Patriotic Betrayal

Patriotic Betrayal Author Karen M. Paget
ISBN-10 9780300205084
Release 2015-01-13
Pages 552
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Asserts that the CIA turned the National Student Association into an intelligence asset during the Cold War, with students used—often wittingly and sometimes unwittingly—as undercover agents inside America and abroad.