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What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence

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“Once again, cultural wizard John Brockman has stirred up the intellectual waters with a provocative question, designed to tease the best out of intellectuals. ... Excellent.” (New Scientist)

“An immeasurably stimulating read... exploring the intersection of science, philosophy, technology, ethics, and psychology to unravel some of the most important questions worth asking.” (Brain Pickings)

“Lively. ... A satisfying experience for readers looking for thoughtful answers to big questions.” (Kirkus)

“Another stimulating read from Brockman and company.” (Shelf Awareness)

From the Back Cover

Weighing in from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, today’s most forward-thinking minds explore the rise of “machines that think.”

Stephen Hawking recently made headlines by noting, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Others, conversely, have trumpeted a new age of “superintelligence” in which smart devices will exponentially extend human capacities. No longer just a matter of science-fiction fantasy (2001, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Her, etc.), it is time to seriously consider the reality of intelligent technology, many forms of which are already being integrated into our daily lives. In that spirit, John Brockman, publisher of Edge. org (“the world’s smartest website” – The Guardian), asked the world’s most influential scientists, philosophers, and artists one of today’s most consequential questions: What do you think about machines that think?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006242565X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062425652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed the collection of short form articles. I read it exclusively on my phone so it was easy to read an article or two every time I was on the subway. I liked the curation of authors from academicians to artists to writers to visionaries; they all seem to introduce a different perspective to the subject matter. There is some repetition of themes across articles, which is, I suspect, how the book was organized, based on underlying themes. I wish the editors made these themes a bit more accessible and offered a way to visually explore various facets of artificial intelligence, maybe in an accompanying website, since there is so much richness in them.
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By R. Kuehni on November 16, 2015
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Highly interesting, as usual in these responses to the annual question. Fascinating and scary at the same time.
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From John Brockton and Edge.org. This Annual Question and responses are an excellent read, with nearly 200 individual authors in bite size parcels of 1, 2, or 3 page responses. And those responses articulate all sides of the argument. Plenty of food for thought without telling you what to think. Highly Recommended.
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Book is 540 boring pages long. There are some interesting insights scattered throughout the book, but you need to read a lot of repetitious material to find them. Most of the material boils down to one of a few views: there is nothing to fear, there is lots to fear, so tread carefully and prepare, humans are really [chemical] machines, so what’s the issue?, and a number of variations on these themes. Lots of effort and time to separate the wheat from the chaff in this book.
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I loathed this book. The moment I saw the title I bought the book and made it my next read. I love books on or about thinking machines and intelligence. I've listened to three of the other series of essays edited by Brockman, and in general I found them satisfying much as I find a good Las Vegas buffet, while I'm doing it I think it's the greatest thing in the world, but after I'm done I'm not sure it was the right thing to do.

There's no way they should have compiled these random thoughts about thinking machines into a book form. I'm not against non-experts opining on topic matters outside of their field of expertise, but at least they should give a little bit of thought on the topic before they submit an essay. I was insulted by the simplistic nature and the lack of thoughts that were put into most of the essays (and I'm really not easily insulted!).

I would have been better served by taking the money I paid for this "book" and going to a bar and buying a picture of beer and talking about thinking machines with three random strangers than I was by these essays.

My only real guess about this travesty of a book is that it was written by a computer program to prove that machines can't think, because this book gave me nothing (with very few exceptions, Sean Carroll, Nick Bostrom, and a couple of others had things to say).

By the way, have I mentioned how I really didn't like this book and really, really, really would not recommend it? Buy at your own risk.
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thx 4 writing this book
i may not agree with every opinion in it, but i do want to know what well informed people say about the subject
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