Our Final Invention

Our Final Invention : Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

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A "Huffington Post" Definitive Tech Book of 2013Artificial 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?

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • Thomas Dunne Books
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0312622376
  • 9780312622374
  • 87,355

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Advance Praise: "A hard-hitting book about the most important topic of this century and possibly beyond -- the issue of whether our species can survive. I wish it was science fiction but I know it's not." --Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype "The compelling story of humanity's most critical challenge. A "Silent Spring" for the 21st Century." --Michael Vassar, former President of the Singularity Institute "Barrat's book is excellently written and deeply researched. It does a great job of communicating to general readers the danger of mistakes in AI design and implementation." --Bill Hibbard, author of "Super-Intelligent Machines""An important and disturbing book." --Huw Price, co-founder, Cambridge University Center for the Study of Existential Risk ""Our Final Invention "is a thrilling detective story, and also the best book yet written on the most important problem of the 21st century." --Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

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About James Barrat

James Barrat is a documentary filmmaker who's written and produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the United States and Europe. He lives near Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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