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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    Paths, Dangers, Strategies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nick Bostrom
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 660 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199678112
    ISBN 10: 0199678111

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    LC classification: Q335 .B685 2014
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    03 September 2014
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    Author Information
    Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009). He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.
    Review quote
    Nick Bostrom makes a persuasive case that the future impact of AI is perhaps the most important issue the human race has ever faced. Instead of passively drifting, we need to steer a course. Superintelligence charts the submerged rocks of the future with unprecedented detail. It marks the beginning of a new era. Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkley Those disposed to dismiss an 'AI takeover' as science fiction may think again after reading this original and well-argued book. Martin Rees, Past President, Royal Society a magnificent conception ... it ought to be required reading on all philosophy undergraduate courses, by anyone attempting to build AIs ... and by physicists who think there is no point to philosophy. Brian Clegg, Popular Science There is no doubting the force of [Bostrom's] arguments ...the problem is a research challenge worthy of the next generation's best mathematical talent. Human civilisation is at stake. Clive Cookson, Financial Times This superb analysis by one of the world's clearest thinkers tackles one of humanity's greatest challenges: if future superhuman artificial intelligence becomes the biggest event in human history, then how can we ensure that it doesn't become the last? Professor Max Tegmark, MIT
    Table of contents
    Preface ; 1. Past Developments and Present Capabilities ; 2. Roads to Superintelligence ; 3. Forms of Superintelligence ; 4. Singularity Dynamics ; 5. Decisive Strategic Advantage ; 6. Intellectual Superpowers ; 7. The Superintelligent Will ; 8. Is the Default Outcome Doom? ; 9. The Control Problem ; 10. Oracles, Genies, Sovereigns, Tools ; 11. Multipolar Scenarios ; 12. Acquiring Values ; 13. Design Choices ; 14. The Strategic Picture ; 15. Nut-Cutting Time