Our Final Invention
by James Barrat
A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013
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.
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? (from Amazon.com)