Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Feb 17, 2015 - Computers - 336 pages

Elon Musk named Our Final Invention one of 5 books everyone should read about the future

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In as little as a decade, artificial intelligence could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies around the world 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, James Barrat's 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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Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is not something only relegated to science fiction. It is a reality. Most people immediately think of their smartphones but what about the machinery that powers cities ... Read full review

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So well written and had been very researched. Easy to understand about the "world" of computers of which we are a part....and what we are teaching them! Very believable. Will make you stop & think. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

James Barrat is a documentary filmmaker who's written and produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the United States and Europe. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and two children.

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