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Digital Soul : Intelligent Machines and Human Values - Thomas Georges

Digital Soul

Intelligent Machines and Human Values

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780813342665
Number Of Pages: 296

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Should the day come when intelligent machines not only make computations but also think and experience emotions as humans do, how will we distinguish the "human" from the "machine"? This introduction to artificial intelligence - and to its potentially profound social, moral, and ethical implications - is designed for readers with little or no technical background. In accessible, focused, engaging discussions, physicist and award-winning science writer Thomas Georges explores the fundamental issues: What is consciousness? Can computers be conscious? If machines could think and even feel, would they then be entitled to "human" rights? Will machines and people merge into a biomechanical race? Should we worry that super-intelligent machines might take over the world? Even now we continue to put increasingly sophisticated machines in control of critical aspects of our lives in ways that may hold unforeseen consequences for the human race. "Digital Soul" challenges all of us, before it's too late, to think carefully and rationally about the kind of world we will want to live in - with intelligent machines ever closer by our sides.

Artificial Intelligence - That's the Fake Kind, Right?p. 1
What Makes Computers So Smart?p. 9
What Do You Mean, Smarter than Us?p. 19
Machines Who Thinkp. 29
Let the Android Do Itp. 47
What Is Intelligence?p. 57
What Is Consciousness?p. 75
Can Computers Have Emotions?p. 99
Can Your PC Become Neurotic?p. 115
The Moral Mindp. 123
Moral Problems with Intelligent Artifactsp. 135
The Moral Machinep. 151
Global Network to Global Mindp. 165
Will Machines Take Over?p. 173
Why Not Just Pull the Plug?p. 183
Cultures in Collisionp. 189
Beyond Human Dignityp. 197
Extinction or Immortality?p. 209
The Enemy Withinp. 217
Electronic Democracyp. 227
Rethinking the Covenant Between Science and Societyp. 235
What About God?p. 257
Notesp. 271
About the Authorp. 277
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780813342665
ISBN-10: 081334266X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1