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Superintelligence : Paths, Dangers and Stragegies - Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence

Paths, Dangers and Stragegies

Hardcover Published: 3rd July 2014
ISBN: 9780199678112
Number Of Pages: 336

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The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains.

If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence.

This profoundly ambitious and original book picks its way carefully through a vast tract of forbiddingly difficult intellectual terrain. Yet the writing is so lucid that it somehow makes it all seem easy. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.

Industry Reviews

`[A] magnificent conception ... it ought to be required reading on all philosophy undergraduate courses, by anyone attempting to build AIs and by physicists who think there is no point to philosophy.' Brian Clegg, Popular Science

Preface1. Past Developments and Present Capabilities2. Roads to Superintelligence3. Different Forms of Superintelligence4. Singularity Dynamics5. Decisive Strategic Advantage?6. Intellectual Superpowers7. The Superintelligent Will8. The Control Problem9. Achieving a Controlled Detonation10. Oracles, Genies, Sovereigns, and Tools11. Acquiring Values12. Design Choices13. What is to Be Done?Summary/Epilogue

ISBN: 9780199678112
ISBN-10: 0199678111
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd July 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64

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