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Publisher Description

New York Times Best Seller

How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?
What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

Professional & Technical
August 29
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

waldhaus1 ,

The case for optimism

A thoughtful and erudite review of the state of artificial intelligence as well as the challenges and opportunities it offers humanity.
I found the analysis of consciousness and the question of whether machines will ever be consciousness. The author is marshalling thoughtful people to work together to avoid a future where insensitive machines rule the for roost.

Purveyor of fine fish ,

TMI and in need of a good editor

It felt like the book was a data dump of everything the authors knew or anyone has ever speculated about AI. I wish it offered more poetry and less math. The book is too much of a Star Wars hype than a cool headed prospective on IT.

mattv123 ,

Engaging and thought provoking

This book explores the nuances of AI and its impact from many angles, with a strong basis in physics.

I loved how the author breaks down and weaves together mind-bending scenarios and concepts to leave you thinking about what AI will mean for us here on earth now and for millions of years to come.

It is a fascinating read and leaves you astutely aware of what challenges - largely ethically and technologically - that lie ahead for us as we evolve into a world of AI.

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