Our Final Invention

Our Final Invention

Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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"The Internet is usually considered a breakthrough in technological--and even social--progress. The promises that it holds for our future are discussed in terms of an utopian vision--intelligent, helpful robots; enhanced brain function; disease-and-famine ridding nanotechnology, and other positive benefits. But there's another, rarely discussed and far darker possibility. As Our Final Invention argues, we may be racing towards our own annihilation, as the military, academia, and corporate advances in artificial intelligence may lead to an uncontrollable new lifeform far smarter and more powerful than we can imagine. Advanced artificial intelligence might seem like a far-out science fiction story, but it is actually far closer than most of us realize. Bringing together the ideas of experts in a thoroughly accessible way and exposing the dark side to the vision presented in The Singularity is Near, Our Final Invention explores how the convergence of current developments in technology may lead to a catastrophic outcome within the next few years"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312622374
Branch Call Number: 303.4834 BARRA
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 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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