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

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

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By (author) James Barrat

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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 22mm |
  • Publication date: 17 February 2015
  • ISBN 10: 1250058783
  • ISBN 13: 9781250058782
  • Sales rank: 303,922

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A "Huffington Post" Definitive Tech Book of 2013 In as little as a decade, artificial intelligence could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies around the world 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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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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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