Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment

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Amnon H. Eden, James H Moor, Johnny H Soraker, Eric Steinhart
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 3, 2013 - Computers - 441 pages

Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment offers authoritative, jargon-free essays and critical commentaries on accelerating technological progress and the notion of technological singularity. It focuses on conjectures about the intelligence explosion, transhumanism, and whole brain emulation. Recent years have seen a plethora of forecasts about the profound, disruptive impact that is likely to result from further progress in these areas. Many commentators however doubt the scientific rigor of these forecasts, rejecting them as speculative and unfounded. We therefore invited prominent computer scientists, physicists, philosophers, biologists, economists and other thinkers to assess the singularity hypotheses. Their contributions go beyond speculation, providing deep insights into the main issues and a balanced picture of the debate.

 

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David Pearce's chapter is perhaps the best one on the side of those saying that a superAI/transhumanist singularity should be expected and hoped for. Theodore Modis's says no, arguing that what look ... Read full review

Contents

1 Singularity Hypotheses An Overview
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Part I A Singularity of Artificial Superintelligence
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Part II Concerns About Artificial Superintelligence
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Part III A Singularity of Posthuman Superintelligence
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Part IV Skepticism
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