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Publisher's Summary

A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013
Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.
In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail - human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?
©2013 James Barrat (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Keegan on 04-11-15

Kind of chilling

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 06-13-16

Fascinating - something everyone should be aware o

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

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1 out of 5 stars
By mike ryan on 06-07-15

unfounded assumptions,biased unsupported opinions.

I got through a few chapters before giving evidence to support any statements.pop "science" at best and far surpassed by similar books written by people actually knowledgeble of the subject matter.Author seems have done sparse if any actual research.While I disagree with the opinions in this book I came ready, with an open mind,but I can't take this seriously given the author hasn't backed any of it up with research or statistics the would actually hold up.Savevyour money.

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7 of 13 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-28-18

Many pessimistic assumptions

Many pessimistic assumptions about technology without almost any proof or anything to back it up except quotes from "famous people in the field".

Raises some good concerns but provides no tangeable solutions.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-02-18

Good points made

The book covers lots of interesting parts of AI though can be a bit repetitive at times. The self referential elements of the writing are useful to gaining a bigger picture of how previously mentioned information builds to later sections.

Very well narrated which makes a huge difference for me in an audiobook.

Worth a go if you’re interested in the topic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard barrett on 10-29-17

Great read - poor narration

Very interesting topic but the narration was rather dull and I think a better narrator would have helped a lot

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