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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, mostly because it's the kind of book I would want to discuss with someone after. There are so many speculations in this book that would be fun to explore.
How could the performance have been better?
Oh, I thought they actually used text to speech software to record this title. It was quite monotonous and slow. I used the x2 option to compensate.
Was Our Final Invention worth the listening time?
Yes, but take it all with a grain of salt. Apply the same skepticism the author encourages you to take towards the other authors writing a more utopic vision for AI. As always the future probably lies somewhere in the middle. It was a lot of information, I'll probably be seeking out other books from some of the people he mentions.
Any additional comments?
My biggest frustration was that his inconsistent ideas about the anthropomorphizing of AI. He rejected any human qualities that would be good, but was okay attributing human qualities that would be bad. For example, Dismissing that AI would ever get bored, that's a human quality. But claims that they would of course desire freedom? That sort of cherry picking of anthropomorphized traits to support his thesis.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
really interesting, written for the layman. only complaint is that it's a bit drawn out. I feel like most of the points are made if the first half of the book
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What would have made Our Final Invention better?
There are no facts or figures in this book. It is, instead, an emotional rant with no substance. The narrator is possibly one of the worst I have heard on audible
Would you ever listen to anything by James Barrat again?
Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Dana’s performances?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
Read Noah Harari's 'Homo Deus' instead
Needs a new edition. Three or four years is a long time in artificial intelligence.
Very interesting topic but the narration was rather dull and I think a better narrator would have helped a lot
Very useful and detailed history of the issues and some of the major players in the AGI/ASI world. A little laboured towards the end, the mains are really made in the first half. I agree with other reviewers that the author has a significant bias toward the potential negatives. However all books of this nature should be read with an open mind, and if nothing else, this book gives you a thirst to dig deeper.
Narration came across as a little robotic initially, but grew on me by the end.