Our Final Invention

Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Author: James Barrat

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250032261

Category: Computers

Page: 336

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Elon Musk named Our Final Invention one of 5 books everyone should read about the future A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013 Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone 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. 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, 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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The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour

Author: Alan Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108548784

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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There has recently been an escalated interest in the interface between psychology and economics. The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour is a valuable reference dedicated to improving our understanding of the economic mind and economic behaviour. Employing empirical methods - including laboratory and field experiments, observations, questionnaires and interviews - the Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of theory and method, financial and consumer behaviour, the environment and biological perspectives. This second edition also includes new chapters on topics such as neuroeconomics, unemployment, debt, behavioural public finance, and cutting-edge work on fuzzy trace theory and robots, cyborgs and consumption. With distinguished contributors from a variety of countries and theoretical backgrounds, the Handbook is an important step forward in the improvement of communications between the disciplines of psychology and economics that will appeal to academic researchers and graduates in economic psychology and behavioral economics.
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The Next Species

The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man

Author: Michael Tennesen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451677537

Category: Science

Page: 336

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“Simultaneously sobering and exhilarating, Michael Tennesen’s wide-ranging survey of disasters highlights both life’s fragility and its metamorphosing persistence” (Booklist) and describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. A growing number of scientists agree we are headed toward a mass extinction, perhaps in as little as 300 years. Already there have been five mass extinctions in the last 600 million years, including the Cretaceous Extinction, during which an asteroid knocked out the dinosaurs. Though these events were initially destructive, they were also prime movers of evolutionary change in nature. And we can see some of the warning signs of another extinction event coming, as our oceans lose both fish and oxygen, and our lands lose both predators and prey. In The Next Species, Michael Tennesen questions what life might be like after it happens. In thoughtful, provocative ways, Tennesen discusses the future of nature and whether humans will make it through the bottleneck of extinction. Could life suddenly get very big as it did before the arrival of humans? Could the conquest of Mars lead to another form of human? Could we upload our minds into a computer and live in a virtual reality? How would we recognize the next humans? Are they with us now? Tennesen delves into the history of the planet and travels to rainforests, canyons, craters, and caves all over the world to explore the potential winners and losers of the next era of evolution. His predictions, based on reports and interviews with top scientists, have vital implications for life on earth today. The Next Species is “an engrossing history of life, the dismal changes wrought by man, and a forecast of life after the sixth mass extinction” (Kirkus Reviews).
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Artificial Intelligence

Rise of the Lightspeed Learners

Author: Charles Jennings

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538116812

Category: Computers

Page: 216

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Self-learning machines called AIs are popping up all around us. They will alter our lives as workers, consumers, investors, citizens, patients and students. We all need to get smart about AIs, now! That’s Charles Jennings’ message in his provocative new book, Artificial Intelligence: The Rise of the Lightspeed Learners.
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Evolutionary Humanoid Robotics

Author: Malachy Eaton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3662445999

Category: Computers

Page: 144

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This book examines how two distinct strands of research on autonomous robots, evolutionary robotics and humanoid robot research, are converging. The book will be valuable for researchers and postgraduate students working in the areas of evolutionary robotics and bio-inspired computing.
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Rise of the Robots

Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Author: Martin Ford

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465040675

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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The New York Times-bestselling guide to how automation is changing the economy, undermining work, and reshaping our lives "Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid...;an indispensable contribution to a long-running argument."--Los Angeles Times Winner of the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Top Business Book of 2015 at Forbes One of NBCNews.com 12 Notable Science and Technology Books of 2015 What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries-education and health care-that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work. We must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole.
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Eclipse of Man

Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress

Author: Charles T. Rubin

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594037418

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Tomorrow has never looked better. Breakthroughs in fields like genetic engineering and nanotechnology promise to give us unprecedented power to redesign our bodies and our world. Futurists and activists tell us that we are drawing ever closer to a day when we will be as smart as computers, will be able to link our minds telepathically, and will live for centuries—or maybe forever. The perfection of a “post-human” future awaits us. Or so the story goes. In reality, the rush toward a post-human destiny amounts to an ideology of human extinction, an ideology that sees little of value in humanity except the raw material for producing whatever might come next. In Eclipse of Man, Charles T. Rubin traces the intellectual origins of the movement to perfect and replace the human race. He shows how today’s advocates of radical enhancement are—like their forebears—deeply dissatisfied with given human nature and fixated on grand visions of a future shaped by technological progress. Moreover, Rubin argues that this myopic vision of the future is not confined to charlatans and cheerleaders promoting this or that technology: it also runs through much of modern science and contemporary progressivism. By exploring and criticizing the dreams of post humanity, Rubin defends a more modest vision of the future, one that takes seriously both the limitations and the inherent dignity of our given nature.
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Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition

Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition

Author: Neil Sahota,Michael Ashley

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 1260458385

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Disrupt your industry, boost profitability, and grow your business with a powerful A.I. strategy. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is on the verge of disrupting every domain of human existence. What does that mean for your business? Everything. Building on the power of A.I. is the factor that will determine success or failure in the very near future—and this in-depth guide from the man who designed the A.I. system that famously won Jeopardy provides everything you need to be a leader in this revolution. Own the A.I. Revolution provides a future-forward look at A.I.—how it will look in the coming years, the countless business opportunities it will offer, the risks that come with it—and delivers the knowledge you need to navigate it all in real and practical ways. You’ll learn how to: •Find the right off-the-shelf A.I. solutions for your needs•Perform a cost/benefit analysis of implementing A.I. into your business strategy•Train and test A.I. before fully committing•Assemble superior teams to steer your A.I. future•Ensure you remain current and ahead of the curve You’ll also find interviews with today’s top experts and A.I. thought leaders on the exciting ways organizations are already transforming themselves through this revolutionary technology. A.I. sounds scary to some, but the best business leaders see it as an opportunity—as a way not only to drive profits and outpace the competition, but to build value for customers and make the world a better place. It’s time to face our brave new A.I.-driven world—and make sure you Own the A.I. Revolution!
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Heartificial Intelligence

Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines

Author: John Havens

Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin

ISBN: 0399171711

Category: Computers

Page: 267

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"Where should machine automation end? Is it acceptable to have a digital assistant arrange your calendar, but not to have a robot spouse? Are companion robots acceptable for seniors in need of comfort, but not okay for toddlers exposed to emotional software that could influence their behavior? Is it desirable to live a life within the virtual reality of Facebook's Oculus Rift, but not if your thoughts are sold to advertisers who manipulate your purchases? We've entered an era where a myriad of personalization algorithms influence our every decision, and the lines between human assistance, automation, and extinction have blurred.a We need to create ethical standards for the Artificial Intelligence usurping our lives, and allow individuals to control their identity based on their values. Otherwise, we sacrifice our humanity for productivity versus purpose and for profits versus people.a Featuring pragmatic solutions drawing on economics, emerging technologies, and positive psychology,aHeartificial Intelligenceaprovides the first values-driven approach to algorithmic living-a definitive roadmap to help humanity embrace the present and positively define their future.a Each chapter opens with a fictional vignette, helping readers imagine how they would respond to various Artificial Intelligence scenarios while demonstrating the need to codify their values, as the algorithms dominating society today are already doing.a Funny, poignant, and accessible, this book paints a vivid portrait of how our lives might look in either a dystopia of robotic and corporate dominance, or a utopia where humans use technology to enhance our natural abilities to evolve into a long-lived, super-intelligent, and altruistic species. Praise foraHeartificial Intelligence-'In this thoughtful addition to the genre . . . Havens warns that we have ignored an essential feature of machine thinking- its ethics . . . An astute philosophical meditation on a major problem facing designers of advanced computers.'aKirkusareview'Coexisting safely and ethically with intelligent machines is the central challenge of the twenty-first century. In the enjoyableaHeartificial Intelligence, John Havens calls for resistance to the forces that erode our humanity in the age of the algorithm. Through detailed research, interviews, and engaging futuristic scenarios, Havens shows how establishing ethical standards for artificial intelligence will help us preserve the values we cherish most.'aJames Barrat, author ofaOur Final Invention'Heartificial Intelligenceais an excellent read! (Havens) explores a number of societal issues, which AI and robotics are likely to soon bring to prominence. A great guide to issues of identity, meaning, deception, and reality when our technology advances to the next level.'aSteve Omohundro,aPresident of Possibility Research, SelfAwareSystems.coma 'With this exceptionally intelligent, playful, a
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Our Molecular Future

How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World

Author: Douglas Mulhall

Publisher: Pyr Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 392

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Speculates on the impact of certain advanced technologies on human society and their relationship with the natural world.
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