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No Fate But What We Make? A fascinating look at the coming fork in the road.,
This review is from: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Hardcover)
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I was excited to read this book and must congratulate the author on approaching one of the most complicated, important and fundamental questions of our time in a way that's not melodramatic, sensational or speculative. It's also not boring either, most importantly, and while it functions well as an academic text can be read by anyone with an interest in the subject.
Bostrom lays out the landscape convincingly and poses the inevitable if slightly terrifying question of whether we are on the verge of creating something smarter than ourselves and if it will either augment human civilization or completely destroy it. Unlike many musings on this topic, he is fastidious in building his argument and presenting the data in an unemotional, logical way. Fortunately, his writing isn't without humor and he balances the positive elements of what might happen against the multiple disaster scenarios.
While the Skynet outcome seems to be the most likely once you've seen everything the writer presents, there's plenty of food for thought and certainly this is the sort of book that raises just as many questions as it seeks to answer. There aren't many authors who could make this subject so approachable but for anyone with an interest in technology or AI, this undoubtedly is the next major area we all need to know about and consider.