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 Scientism Delusion

Author: Gregory Lessing Garrett

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1387683683

Category: Religion

Page: 628

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"This enthralling page-turner breaks all the molds, and fearlessly exposes the deepest darkest intrigue in history...The Luciferian Agenda for a New World Order. In it, we learn of the Luciferian roots of Modern Science, as the reader is transported back in time to the insidious origins of modern-day Scientism, the current religion of most scientists today. Through an excursion into the roots of Scientism, Mr. Garrett deftly retraces the historical antecedents of Scientism, echoing back to The Secret Mystery Schools of Kabbalistic, Egyptian Hermeticism, onwards into the true nature of Freemason and Alchemical Occultist, Sir Isaac Newton, and then further into the nefarious Vatican Jesuit Priesthood, whose hidden hand can be linked to the creation of The Illuminati, as well as the current Luciferian New Age Religion. Finally, the serpentine path leads up into modern Freemasonic Luciferian, NASA, and then to The Jesuit Controlled Alien Deception about to take hold of the world." --Christian Chesterfield Ph.D.
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Cyber-Humans

Our Future with Machines

Author: Woodrow Barfield

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319250507

Category: Computers

Page: 291

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It is predicted that robots will surpass human intelligence within the next fifty years. The ever increasing speed of advances in technology and neuroscience, coupled with the creation of super computers and enhanced body parts and artificial limbs, is paving the way for a merger of both human and machine. Devices which were once worn on the body are now being implanted into the body, and as a result, a class of true cyborgs, who are displaying a range of skills beyond those of normal humans-beings, are being created. There are cyborgs which can see colour by hearing sound, others have the ability to detect magnetic fields, some are equipped with telephoto lenses to aid their vision or implanted computers to monitor their heart, and some use thought to communicate with a computer or to manipulate a robotic arm. This is not science-fiction, these are developments that are really happening now, and will continue to develop in the future. However, a range of legal and policy questions has arisen alongside this rise of artificial intelligence. Cyber-Humans provides a deep and unique perspective on the technological future of humanity, and describes how law and policy will be particularly relevant in creating a fair and equal society and protecting the liberties of different life forms which will emerge in the 21st century. Dr Woodrow (Woody) Barfield previously headed up the Sensory Engineering Laboratory, holding the position of Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor at the University of Washington. His research revolves around the design and use of wearable computers and augmented reality systems and holds both JD and LLM degrees in intellectual property law and policy. He has published over 350 articles and major presentations in the areas of computer science, engineering and law. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
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Political Questions

Political Philosophy from Plato to Pinker, Fourth Edition

Author: Larry Arnhart

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478631015

Category: Political Science

Page: 609

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In this enhanced edition, Larry Arnhart continues to ask thought-provoking questions that illuminate the philosophies of some of the most prominent political thinkers throughout history. This clear, well-written guide is an ideal supplement to the original texts he recommends at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to his analysis of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Rawls, the author’s well-organized and insightful approach provides an even more comprehensive overview than the earlier editions: • Supplementing the discussion of Leviathan, the chapter on Thomas Hobbes covers Behemoth. • The chapter on John Locke includes his Letter Concerning Toleration as well as the original discussion of Second Treatise of Government. • A chapter on Adam Smith has been added, which discusses Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations. • Leo Strauss is featured, with an examination of Persecution and the Art of Writing and Natural Right and History. • A final chapter analyzes Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature.
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New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

A LITA Guide

Author: Kenneth J. Varnum

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838917828

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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The time is right for this all-new survey of the library technology that’s already transitioning from trend to everyday reality. As in the previous best-selling volume, Varnum and his contributors throw the spotlight on the systems, software, and approaches most crucial to the knowledge institutions of tomorrow. Inside, readers will find concise information and analysis on topics such as mobile technologies; privacy-protection technology tools; the Internet of Things (IoT); virtual reality; bots and automation; machine learning applications for libraries; libraries as digital humanities enablers; visualizations in discovery systems; linked open data; embeddedness and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI); special collections and digital publishing; link rot, web archiving, and the future of the Distributed Web; and digital repositories. Sure to spark discussions about library innovation, this collection is a must have for staff interested in technology or involved with strategic planning.
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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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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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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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