Our Final Invention

Our Final Invention

Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Book - 2013
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"Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smart phone, it has the run of your house, 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. Though primitive today, 'intelligent' computer systems double in speed and power each year. 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 computers whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And more to the point: will they allow us to?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780312622374
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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May 21, 2018

This book has a nonsensical premise (that humans will soon build a computer that replicates or functions exactly like a human brain, by simulating the 100 billion neurons in the human brain).

There is no reason to believe that can be done, or if it were built that it would work like a human brain. From that flawed premise, the book concludes that the computer will quickly become exponentially faster and smarter, again on the basis of no evidence whatever. The author asserts that those two imaginary developments will lead to a series of very bad days for humanity, and our eventual demise.

Don't waste your time with this book. It was written by someone with little understanding of contemporary computer AI.

Sep 01, 2016

In my youth I was a great fan of science fiction, but this is a non-fiction book about the dystopia coming at the Singularity. The book is an easy read about an old failing; hubris. I recommend it to anybody who believes that artificial intelligence will bring humanity to an Edenic life.


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