What to Think About Machines That Think: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence. It’s the Holy Grail of robotics and programming, and some people believe we’re closer than ever before to realizing it in our lifetimes. But what would that mean for us going forward? Would they eventually replace us? Would they change us? Are we creating a new slave class? Would we compete for resources, or work together harmoniously?

In this new edition of John Brockman’s Edge Question Series, that very possibility is posed to over a hundred deep thinkers in all sorts of scientific and socially relevant fields, many of whom have wildly differing yet equally insightful opinions.

Although getting views from so many thoughtful and learned individuals was valuable, I feel like the book would’ve benefited from featuring fewer voices and giving select voices more time. With each participant given four pages or less, there wasn’t simply a loss of greater potential depth for the most fascinating contributions, but a great deal of repetition as well. (I cannot count how many times the whole “we are thinking machines” point was made.)

Unlike many books about a given topic, this one doesn’t claim to have all the answers. It just encourages the discussion. And that is an extremely valuable service.


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Author John Brockman
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 576 pages
Publisher Harper Perennial
Publish Date 2015-Oct-06
ISBN 9780062425652
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Issue February 2016
Category Technology
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