What to Think About Machines That Think: Todays Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence by John BrockmanAs the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman’s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling “Edge Question Series” asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think?
The development of artificial intelligence has been a source of fascination and anxiety ever since Alan Turing formalized the concept in 1950. Today, Stephen Hawking believes that AI “could spell the end of the human race.” At the very least, its development raises complicated moral issues with powerful real-world implications—for us and for our machines.
In this volume, recording artist Brian Eno proposes that we’re already part of an AI: global civilization, or what TED curator Chris Anderson elsewhere calls the hive mind. And author Pamela McCorduck considers what drives us to pursue AI in the first place.
On the existential threat posed by superintelligent machines, Steven Pinker questions the likelihood of a robot uprising. Douglas Coupland traces discomfort with human-programmed AI to deeper fears about what constitutes “humanness.” Martin Rees predicts the end of organic thinking, while Daniel C. Dennett explains why he believes the Singularity might be an urban legend.
Provocative, enriching, and accessible, What to Think About Machines That Think may just be a practical guide to the not-so-distant future.
What to Think About Machines That Think
By Simon Ings and Liz Else. ONCE again, cultural wizard John Brockman has stirred up the intellectual waters with a provocative question, designed to tease the best out of intellectuals working in or around science and technology. A key feature is the fun mashing and crashing of wildly disparate approaches and ideas from many, equal participants. Here, however, the question is very specific: what to think about machines that think. So the major players in this field are in danger of unbalancing the rest because they are involved in or have spent time thinking about the hefty issues underlying such machines. In short, they are in danger of knowing whereof they speak. For Ito, thinking machines will obviate the need to train our children this way.
As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman's latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling “Edge Question Series” asks more.
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John Brockman , renowned visionary and editor of the online publication "Edge", asked leading scientists, philosophers and artists for their thoughts about thinking machines. The result is a heterogeneous and varied compendium that brings together a plethora of opinions and positions on AI. Instead of just asking experts from the fields of machine learning, natural language processing or other disciplines, it gives voice to well-known authors such as Douglas Coupland, artists like Brian Eno, as well as journalists, philosophers all the way to theoretical physicists, astrobiologists, computer scientists and psychologists. The sheer number of authors with their different backgrounds and worldviews guarantee a wide range. Dystopias alternate with optimistic expectations, critical detachment with euphoric futurism.
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