Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World (Google eBook)

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BenBella Books, Inc., Aug 21, 2013 - COMPUTERS - 288 pages
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In Ray Kurzweil’s New York Times bestseller The Singularity is Near, the futurist and entrepreneur describes the Singularity, a likely future utterly different than anything we can imagine. The Singularity is triggered by the tremendous growth of human and computing intelligence that is an almost inevitable outcome of Moore's Law. Since the book's publication, the coming of the Singularity is now eagerly anticipated by many of the leading thinkers in Silicon Valley, from PayPal mastermind Peter Thiel to Google co-founder Larry Page. The formation of the Singularity University, and the huge popularity of the Singularity website kurzweilai.com, speak to the importance of this intellectual movement.

But what about the average person? How will the Singularity affect our daily lives—our jobs, our families, and our wealth?

Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World focuses on the implications of a future society faced with an abundance of human and artificial intelligence. James D. Miller, an economics professor and popular speaker on the Singularity, reveals how natural selection has been increasing human intelligence over the past few thousand years and speculates on how intelligence enhancements will shape civilization over the next forty years.

Miller considers several possible scenarios in this coming singularity:
• A merger of man and machine making society fantastically wealthy and nearly immortal
• Competition with billions of cheap AIs drive human wages to almost nothing while making investors rich
• Businesses rethink investment decisions to take into account an expected future period of intense creative destruction
• Inequality drops worldwide as technologies mitigate the cognitive cost of living in impoverished environments
• Drugs designed to fight Alzheimer's disease and keep soldiers alert on battlefields have the fortunate side effect of increasing all of their users’ IQs, which, in turn, adds a percentage points to worldwide economic growth

Singularity Rising offers predictions about the economic implications for a future of widely expanding intelligence and practical career and investment advice on flourishing on the way to the Singularity.
  

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Review: Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

User Review  - Bernd - Goodreads

In its naive optimism and lack of genuine critical thinking around moral consequences this work is even more painful to absorb than Kurzweil's original on the topic. Superficial & unqualified ... Read full review

Review: Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

User Review  - Mark Harris - Goodreads

This is a very interesting read. The potentials inherent in strong AI run from miraculously positive to utterly destructive. Even weaker forms of AI, such as the machine learning that enables Google ... Read full review

Contents

1 Exponentially Improving Hardware
3
2 Where Might the Software Come From?
7
3 Unfriendly Al Terrifies Me
21
4 A Friendly Explosion
35
5 Military Death Race
47
6 Businesses AI Race
55
We Become Smarter Even Without AI
61
7 What IQ Tells You
63
Economic Implications
129
13 Making Us Obsolete?
131
14 How CognitiveEnhancing Drugs Might Impact the Economy
155
15 Inequality Falling
165
16 Preparing for the Singularity
175
17 What Might Derail the Singularity?
197
18 Singularity Watch
209
Acknowledgments
223

8 Evolution and Past Intelligence Enhancements
75
9 Increasing IQ Through Genetic Manipulation
83
10 CognitiveEnhancing Drugs
101
11 Brain Training
113
12 International Competition in HumanIntelligence Enhancements
119
Notes
225
References
235
Index
245
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About the author (2013)

James D. Miller is an associate professor of economics at Smith College and was a speaker at the 2008 Singularity Summit. He has a JD from Stanford where he was on Law Review and a PhD from the University of Chicago where his dissertation advisor was a Nobel Prize winner. He is a columnist for BetterInvesting Magazine and regularly wrote for CNBC.com during the tech bubble. The Singularity Institute called Miller’s work “important” and relevant to its core mission.

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