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Superintelligence : paths, dangers, strategies

Author: Nick Bostrom; Napoleon Ryan
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Audible Studios on Brilliance audio, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : Unabridged
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Bostrom; Napoleon Ryan
ISBN: 9781501227745 1501227742
OCLC Number: 1061147095
Notes: Performed by Napoleon Ryan.
Description: 1 MP3 audio discs (14 hr., 18 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Nick Bostrom, Director, Future of Humanity Institute, Professor, Faculty of Philosophy & Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.

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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? This profoundly ambitious and original audiobook 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.

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