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A New York Times bestseller Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. 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. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind 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 Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? This profoundly ambitious and original book breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. 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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  • Title Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • Author Nick Bostrom
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Pages 352
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Oxford University Press, USA, United Kingdom
  • Date 2014-09-03
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780199678112 / 0199678111
  • Weight 1.45 lbs (0.66 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 in (23.62 x 15.75 x 2.54 cm)
  • Themes
    • Aspects (Academic): Philosophical
  • Library of Congress subjects Cognitive science, Artificial intelligence - Philosophy
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2013955152
  • Dewey Decimal Code 006.301

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Citations

  • Choice, 03/01/2015, Page 1167
  • Library Journal, 04/01/2015, Page 44
  • New York Review of Books, 10/09/2014, Page 52

About the author


Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Program on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009). He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.
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