Superintelligence

Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Hardcover, 352 pages

English language

Published Jan. 5, 2014 by Oxford University Press.

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4 stars (8 reviews)

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 …

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This is a good look at the history and future of artificial intelligence. It is especially concerned with the possible ramifications of superintelligence, which Bostrom defines as "any intellect that greatly exceeds the cognitive performance of humans in virtually all domains of interest."

Once a superintelligent AI is created, will we be able to control it? Not if it's smarter than us. The dystopian futures of science fiction are cautionary tales. We read those books, watch those movies, then rush madly forward developing these AIs anyway. When the robots start their extermination campaign, we won't be able to say that we weren't warned.

Final Notes (quoted from 12min) "Recommended by everyone from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, 'Superintelligence' is a really outstanding book that covers so much ground in its 400 densely populated pages, there are really just a few AI-related books you’ll need …

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