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    DescriptionA "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, James Barrat's "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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    Our Final Invention
    Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Barrat
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    ISBN 13: 9781250058782
    ISBN 10: 1250058783

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    St. Martin's Griffin
    Imprint name
    St. Martin's Griffin
    Publication date
    17 February 2015
    Author Information
    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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    "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 twenty-first century." --Michael Vassar, former President, 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 twenty-first century." --Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute "Enthusiasts dominate observers of progress in artificial intelligence; the minority who disagree are alarmed, articulate and perhaps growing in numbers, and Barrat delivers a thoughtful account of their worries." --"Kirkus Reviews ""Science fiction has long explored the implications of humanlike machines (think of Asimov's "I, Robot"), but Barrat's thoughtful treatment adds a dose of reality." --"Science News" "This book makes an important case that without extraordinary care in our planning, powerful 'thinking' machines present at least as many risks as benefits. ... "Our Final Invention" makes an excellent read for technophiles as well as readers wishing to get a glimpse of the near future as colored by rapidly improving technological competence." --"New York Journal of Books ""A dark new book by James Barrat, "Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, " lays out a strong case for why we should be at least a little