Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence

  • by Calum Chace
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Artificial intelligence is our most powerful technology and, in the coming decades, it'll change everything in our lives. If we get it right, it'll make humans almost godlike. If we get it wrong...well, extinction is not the worst possible outcome.
Surviving AI is a concise, easy guide to what's coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a superintelligence (the technological singularity).


What the Critics Say

"Understanding AI - its promise and its dangers - is emerging as one of the great challenges of coming decades, and this is an invaluable guide to anyone who's interested, confused, excited, or scared." (David Shukman, BBC Science editor)
"We have recently seen a surge in the volume of scholarly analysis of this topic; Chace impressively augments that with this high-quality, more general-audience discussion." (Aubrey de Grey, CSO of SENS Research Foundation; former AI researcher)
"Calum Chace is a prescient messenger of the risks and rewards of artificial intelligence. In Surviving AI, he has identified the most essential issues and developed them with insight and wit - so that the very framing of the questions aids our search for answers. Chace's sensible balance between AI's promise and peril makes Surviving AI an excellent primer for anyone interested in what's happening, how we got here, and where we are headed." (Kenneth Cukier, co-author of Big Data)


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Absolutely Fascinating and Enlightening

I normally don't read non-fiction books of this type, but I'm very glad that I made an exception here. This book was positively fascinating and I listened to the entire audiobook almost without stopping.

This book explains what exactly AI is, how the technology is progressing, current technologies using AI's, current roadblocks, future applications, potential solutions, etc.
I had no idea about half of the topics discussed. The author really does a great job with the historical context and how AI is currently being used.

Narration was very good and sounded just like I thought the author would. 5 star performance.

This is definitely a must-read for technology lovers and anyone wishing to understand the current direction of technology. Great listen!

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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is a quick and “dirty” non-fiction book

As a preface to this review, I want to state that I have already read Calum Chace’s fictional book about AI: Pandora’s Brain (and really enjoyed it).

Surviving AI is a quick and “dirty” non-fiction book that is meant to be a sort-of “behind the scenes” of his other book Pandora’s Brain. He goes into detail about the different types of Artificial Intelligence, where it stands now, and what the future may hold.

Chace teamed back up with narrator Joe Hempel for this book, and with good reason. Joe’s reading of this, sometimes data intensive non-fiction book was superb. He doesn’t waver in the face of long drawn out explanations of the differences in different Artificial Intelligence. Joe Hempel’s narration is clear and concise, like the book is written to be. I’m extremely happy that they teamed up again for this extension of Chace’s fictional novel. The quality is perfect, studio quality with no sound issues at all.

The book is dry, but quick and to the point. This isn’t written like a typical text (or god forbid textbook) where there are endless examples given that barely help you understand the point. Calum Chace’s explanations are easy to understand even if you have little to know knowledge of anything to do with AI. This book is a great starter if you are considering jumping into reading AI fiction because it will give you a knowledge base to understand where the authors are coming from.

A few parts of this book gave me the chills, just from sheer knowledge. AI is incredibly useful—if it is created and watched over carefully and the right way. But, as Chace explains—there is no way to know that’s going to happen for sure.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2015
  • Publisher: Three Cs