Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is our most powerful technology, and in the coming decades it will change everything in our lives. If we get it right it will make humans almost godlike. If we get it wrong... well, extinction is not the worst possible outcome.
“Surviving AI” is a concise, easy-to-read guide to what's coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economi...more
This is a book for the layman and the author starts with some useful definitions, including the difference between artificial narrow intelligence and artificial general intelligence - AGI - where a computer would be capable of undertakin ...more
The intro starts out with a mind wrenching reference to smart phones being AI. Well, they are, but not what I normally think of in that regard. Don't let it put you off, though. Chace clears up his definitions fairly quickly in the first chapt ...more
'Surviving AI' is an exceptionally clear, well-researched and balanced introduction to a complex and controversial topic, and is a compelling read to boot. - Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, executive director (2015), Cambridge Centre for the Study of Environmental Risk - plaudit in 'Comments on Surviving AI', Surviving AI, Three Cs, 2015.
Largely, I agree, out of my ignorance, as a newcomer to the subject - it is a good read, and a deliberate preamble to the more in-depth Superintelligence by Nick B ...more
The book gives a short summary of different levels of AI, where we are currently (as of 2015) in relation to those levels and the risks that humankind is facing on each level. The book is also strongly recommended by Jaan Tallinn. There are many books in this field written both from the optimist and pessimist standpoint, this tends to be more on the negative side (still leaving room for positive o ...more
“Surviving AI" is a very interesting book that looks at the formidable challenges and potential enormous benefits of artificial intelligence. Best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction books, Calum Chace provides readers with keen insights into AI and espouses the need to adopt policies which will encourage the best possible outcomes. This concise 208-page book includes nine chapters broken out by the following four ...more
However, it is a must read for each one, who wants to approach it.
For me it became the logical closing stone after some 3 years of private research, including much of the work cited by Calum Chace.
He came very much to the same conclusions.
Some of them however he only touched shortly without revealing its full potential impact.
And some of the more esoteric ideas he missed out.
So I feel compelled to give them ...more
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Before you jump into this review I want to preface it with saying that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the “partner” book to this Pandora’s Brain.
Surviving AI is a quick non-fiction book that is full of interesting facts, quotes and overall impressions of Artificial Intelligence and the other forms that are included in the AI “bubble” that is soon to exist. This book (I believe) was written ...more
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Will there be an artificial intelligence created in our lifetimes, will it be friendly or hostile? These are questions that we currently do not have the answers to, but ones that should be on our minds, as it may be a possibility!
The idea of AI is intriguin ...more
This book is concise and well organized, although I had read James Barrat's 'The final invention' leading to this one. But more than the tone or the quality, the subject of a friendly AI is crucial to us, the general public.
The internet is a vast pool of knowledge from which a super intelligence will absorb knowledge, and likewise we need the inputs and efforts of the billions of us in helping create a friendly AI. We owe that to our successors.
Also, this was a free book on Kindle ...more
The book skims over a lot of the basics that would help to explain what AI is, or what the different fields which are currently active entail. What is a neural net? How does machine learning work? How did IBM's Watson win at Jeopardy ...more
Honestly, it's hard to imagine a good outcome here given th ...more
Great overview in layman’s terms of Artificial Intelligence and it’s coming Artificial General Intelligence, including the concerns and suggested approaches though some are fanciful. Unfortunately there’s still much that we do not know: when this will happen or if it will be friendly to humans. This offers a great starting point if you’ve wanted to know more about the coming post-AGI superintelligence.
It’s a good discussion around AI it’s current status, future and specially challenges.
It avoids other current topics specially around the use of AI in media and social networks. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in Artificial Intelligence and a broad scope of philosophical conversations.
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He published "Surviving AI", a non-fiction review of the promise and peril of artificial intelligence in September 2015. Previously, he published "Pandora's Brain", a novel about the first conscious machine.
He is a regular speaker ...more