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The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan

Label
The technological singularity
Title
The technological singularity
Statement of responsibility
Murray Shanahan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The idea that human history is approaching a singularity - that ordinary humans will someday be overtaken by artificially intelligent machines or cognitively enhanced biological intelligence, or both - has moved from the realm of science fiction to serious debate. Some singularity theorists predict that if the field of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to develop at its current dizzying rate, the singularity could come about in the middle of the present century. Murray Shanahan offers an introduction to the idea of the singularity and considers the ramifications of such a potentially seismic event. Shanahan's aim is not to make predictions but rather to investigate a range of scenarios. Whether we believe that singularity is near or far, likely or impossible, apocalypse or utopia, the very idea raises crucial philosophical and pragmatic questions, forcing us to think seriously about what we want as a species. Shanahan describes technological advances in AI, both biologically inspired and engineered from scratch. Once human-level AI - theoretically possible, but difficult to accomplish - has been achieved, he explains, the transition to superintelligent AI could be very rapid. Shanahan considers what the existence of superintelligent machines could mean for such matters as personhood, responsibility, rights, and identity. Some superhuman AI agents might be created to benefit humankind; some might go rogue. (Is Siri the template, or HAL?) The singularity presents both an existential threat to humanity and an existential opportunity for humanity to transcend its limitations. Shanahan makes it clear that we need to imagine both possibilities if we want to bring about the better outcome
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Summary
Presents an introduction to the idea of the "singularity"--the moment that artificially intelligent machines overtake living humans--and considers the ramifications of such an event
Tone
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10452021
Cataloging source
DLC
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Shanahan, Murray
Dewey number
006.3
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
The MIT Press essential knowledge series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Technology
  • Conscious automata
  • Brain
Target audience
adult
Label
The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Routes to artificial intelligence -- Whole brain emulation -- Engineering AI -- Superintelligence -- AI and consciousness -- The impact of AI -- Heaven or hell
Control code
ocn900332365
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 244 pages
Isbn
9780262527804
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015000997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)900332365
Label
The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Routes to artificial intelligence -- Whole brain emulation -- Engineering AI -- Superintelligence -- AI and consciousness -- The impact of AI -- Heaven or hell
Control code
ocn900332365
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 244 pages
Isbn
9780262527804
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015000997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)900332365

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