The Fourth Age

The Fourth Age

In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language; 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities ...

Author: Byron Reese

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN: 9781501158575

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species. “If you only read just one book about the AI revolution, make it this one” (John Mackey, cofounder and CEO, Whole Foods Market). In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language; 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare; 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state. We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. “Timely, highly informative, and certainly optimistic” (Booklist), The Fourth Age provides an essential background on how we got to this point, and how—rather than what—we should think about the topics we’ll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, changes in employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity. By asking questions like “Are you a machine?” and “Could a computer feel anything?”, Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age and how they’ll transform humanity.
Categories: Social Science

New Laws of Robotics

New Laws of Robotics

G. E. M. Anscombe, P. M. S. Hacker, and Joachim Schulte, 4th ed. ... metaphysical questions with great acuity in The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018), 15–54.

Author: Frank Pasquale

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674250048

Category: Law

Page: 352

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AI is poised to disrupt our work and our lives. We can harness these technologies rather than fall captive to them—but only through wise regulation. Too many CEOs tell a simple story about the future of work: if a machine can do what you do, your job will be automated. They envision everyone from doctors to soldiers rendered superfluous by ever-more-powerful AI. They offer stark alternatives: make robots or be replaced by them. Another story is possible. In virtually every walk of life, robotic systems can make labor more valuable, not less. Frank Pasquale tells the story of nurses, teachers, designers, and others who partner with technologists, rather than meekly serving as data sources for their computerized replacements. This cooperation reveals the kind of technological advance that could bring us all better health care, education, and more, while maintaining meaningful work. These partnerships also show how law and regulation can promote prosperity for all, rather than a zero-sum race of humans against machines. How far should AI be entrusted to assume tasks once performed by humans? What is gained and lost when it does? What is the optimal mix of robotic and human interaction? New Laws of Robotics makes the case that policymakers must not allow corporations or engineers to answer these questions alone. The kind of automation we get—and who it benefits—will depend on myriad small decisions about how to develop AI. Pasquale proposes ways to democratize that decision making, rather than centralize it in unaccountable firms. Sober yet optimistic, New Laws of Robotics offers an inspiring vision of technological progress, in which human capacities and expertise are the irreplaceable center of an inclusive economy.
Categories: Law

Steering Human Evolution

Steering Human Evolution

Montgomer, S. (2016) The soul of an octopus: A surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness. New York: Atria Books. Reese, B. (2018) The fourth age: Smart robots, conscious computers, and the future of humanity.

Author: Yehezkel Dror

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000049923

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Humanity must steer its evolution. As human knowledge moves a step ahead of Darwin’s theories, this book presents the emergence of human-made meta-evolution shaping our alternative futures. This novel process poses fateful challenges to humanity, which require regulation of emerging science and technology which may endanger the future of our species. However, to do so successfully, a novel ‘humanity-craft’ has to be developed; main ideologies and institutions need redesign; national sovereignty has to be limited; a decisive global regime becomes essential; some revaluation of widely accepted norms becomes essential; and a novel type of political leader, based on merit in addition to public support, is urgently needed. Taking into account the strength of nationalism and vested interests, it may well be that only catastrophes will teach humanity to metamorphose into a novel epoch without too high transition costs. But initial steps, such as United Nation reforms, are urgent in order to contain calamities and may soon become feasible. Being both interdisciplinary and based on personal experience of the author, this book adds up to a novel paradigm on steering human evolution. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern history, evolution sciences, future studies, political science, philosophy of action, and science and technology. It will also be of wide appeal to the general reader anxious about the future of life on Earth. Comments on the Corona pandemic add to the book’s concrete significance.
Categories: Social Science

Artificial Intelligence Automation and the Future of Competence at Work

Artificial Intelligence  Automation and the Future of Competence at Work

Artificial intelligence, intelligent robots and ethics: An intelligent ethical Robot communicating about moral with an un-ethical ... The fourth age, smart robots, conscious computers, and the future of humanity, Artria Books, London.

Author: Jon-Arild Johannessen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000283501

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

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Artificial intelligence and the autonomous robots of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will render certain jobs and competences obsolete but will also create new roles, which in turn require new sets of skills. They will also transform how we produce, distribute and consume, as well as how we think. Rather than a linear understanding of evolutionary processes, we will develop a more interactive and circular interpretation. This book offers a unique and holistic perspective on the future of work in the context of industry 4.0. It discusses the globalization of capital markets, how artificial intelligence can help organizations to be more competitive and the new role of leadership in this technological landscape. The author argues that there are four categories of competences, which will be required in order to maintain the relevance of human skills and expertise in the innovation economy. The new jobs that come into being will lend themselves to a particular set of skills. General competences will be necessary for roles involving the 4Cs of communication, creativity, collaboration and change. Specific or STEM competences will be called for across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors. Human competences will lend themselves to positions comprising the SELC framework of social, emotional, leadership and cultural skills. Critical or REVE competences will be in demand for roles embracing reflection, ethics, values and the environment. The book provides a human-centric view of the current technological advancements of artificial intelligence and robotics and offers a positive outlook for human actors seeking continued relevance. It will appeal to scholars and students of the innovation economy, the knowledge society and the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Categories: Business & Economics

Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence The Past Present and Future of AI

Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence  The Past  Present  and Future of AI

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. New York: Atria Books. Saberhagen, Fred. 1967. Berserker. New York: Ballantine. Sammon, Paul S. 2017. Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.

Author: Philip L. Frana

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440853272

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 378

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This authoritative reference work will provide readers with a complete overview of artificial intelligence (AI), including its historic development and current status; existing and projected AI applications; and present and potential future impact on the United States and the world. Some people believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will revolutionize modern life in ways that improve human existence. Others say that the promise of AI is overblown. Still others contend that AI applications could pose a grave threat to the economic security of millions of people by taking their jobs and otherwise rendering them "obsolete"—or, even worse, that AI could actually spell the end of the human race. This volume will help users understand the reasons AI development has both spirited defenders and alarmed critics; explain theories and innovations like Moore's Law, mindcloning, and Technological Singularity that drive AI research and debate; and give readers the information they need to make their own informed judgment about the promise and peril of this technology. All of this coverage is presented using language and terminology accessible to a lay audience. Introduction explaining the historical evolution of AI Chronology of important AI-related events Authoritative entries on leading pioneers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers; AI concepts and theories; AI's potential impact on different facets of society; and major movies and other cultural touchstones exploring AI technology
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Excellence in Supply Chain Management

Excellence in Supply Chain Management

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. Simon and Schuster. 4 Case, S. 2017. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future. Simon and Schuster. 5 GE's Digital Industrial Transformation ...

Author: Balram Avittathur

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429643361

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 122

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Recent decades have witnessed an explosion in supply chain complexity. Very few firms have succeeded in building excellent supply chains and employing supply chain management (SCM) as a competitive advantage. For the ones which have developed enhanced supply chain design and process capabilities, their performance has far exceeded their competitors'. While for the vast majority of firms, SCM still remains a means of reducing costs and improving efficiency, for the excellent ones, SCM has turned into a source for value creation. What factors drive firms towards supply chain excellence? How can real differentiation be created through supply chains? Excellence in Supply Chain Management examines the characteristics and features of firms that excel in SCM.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Adapters

The Adapters

Bryon Reese, author of The Fourth Age, Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity,15 explored this territory and mapped how humans have arrived at an age where artificial intelligence and robotics will accelerate at an ...

Author: Sean Worker

Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

ISBN: 9781662905414

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 362

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The Adapters is a multi-book and audiograph series written around podcast-style interviews with an impressive collection of GGTs – Gutsy Genius Thinkers. These are the men and women vibrantly engaged in one of the hottest business sectors in the world: Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality and the ecosystem that supports them. While sharing their stories and insights on entrepreneurship and the management skills they are continuously developing to inspire success in themselves, their organizations and their teams, The Adapters adds interpretations, identifies trends and patterns, brings historical context and provides Tips and Takeaways for the progression of the reader. There are even Scribble Zones to capture responses, reactions and that next brilliant idea as you read. Travel, Tourism and Hospitality are fundamental to how the 4th Age of Change will shape our future. With The Adapters, spend some time with the Gutsy Genius Thinkers in the space as they speak to the real issues trending right now. Cultivate your curiosity and unleash the Gutsy Genius Thinker in you.
Categories: Business & Economics

Transforming Our World

Transforming Our World

[Re18] B. Reese, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and The Future of Humanity, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2018. [Ro07] C. Robert and W. J. Wood, Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology, ...

Author: Ivo Šlaus

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527550759

Category: Nature

Page: 484

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This book addresses the survival of humankind. Our world is the best it has ever been, but it is not sustainable. It is self-destructive; it is marked by war, which can destroy the world in a single day, the destruction of natural and human capital within 10 years, and technologies which could be both beneficial and destructive. We have no future if we continue living as we do currently, and even if we do nothing. This book highlights the kinds of changes which are required. Wars are not biologically necessary and are useless; the culture that established wars can eliminate them. Poverty, hunger and inequality destroy human capital. These destructions can be overcome by changing economic and political paradigms and our mindset. Empathy, freedom, curiosity and wisdom are required.
Categories: Nature

Reluctant Technophiles

Reluctant Technophiles

The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How To Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and ... The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity.

Author: Rakesh Kumar

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 9789354791857

Category: Psychology

Page: 324

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A compelling account of India’s complicated and often contradictory relationship with technology.
Categories: Psychology

Artificial Intelligence Reincarnation and Resurrection

Artificial Intelligence  Reincarnation  and Resurrection

“Is Consciousness a brain process? ... The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity. ... Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University, March, 2008. www.fhi.‐3.pdf.

Author: Ernest M. Valea

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725297487

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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This book explores old and new hopes that have emerged in the human quest to defeat death. On the one hand, it answers questions such as: Are we just physical machines of great complexity, with the brain as the hardware on which consciousness operates as its software? If so, can we speculate on ways in which the mind could be uploaded to a machine and no longer suffer the frailty of this biological body? And could an android robot or a mindfile in a computer simulation be conscious? On the other hand, the book examines the hope of survival through reincarnation according to the teachings of Eastern religions and New Age thought. All these topics are discussed from the perspectives of Christian theology and the philosophy of mind. This dual investigation will help Christians formulate a coherent response to old and new challenges to their faith.
Categories: Religion