SCARY BUT HOPEFUL SCENARIOS: Media stories about artificial intelligence abound and will be constant well into the future—a catalyst for scenarios both dark and light. Take, for example, the December 2016 New York Times Magazine cover story, “The Great Awakening”; the January 2017 Economist cover story, “Lifelong Learning: How to Survive in the Age of Automation”; and the June 2017 Huffington Post article, “Why Book Publishing Seeks Artificial Intelligence.”
BUSINESS AUDIENCE: Should be of interest to the business audience as the next big thing on the horizon, which will profoundly alter business opportunities, practices, and employment.
AI MOVEMENT: Three years ago, Max Tegmark founded the Future of Life Institute—with the goal of shaping the future of AI. He has brought together the most important scientific and technological leaders on the planet, such as Elon Musk, Daniel Kahneman, Larry Page, Lawrence Krauss, Eric Brynjolfsson, Jeffrey Sachs, Ray Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, and Sam Harris.
AUTHOR CREDENTIALS: Tegmark is a noted mathematician and physicist at MIT and the author of Our Mathematical Universe, which has sold over 60,000 copies.
“Original, accessible, and provocative….Tegmark successfully gives clarity to the many faces of AI, creating a highly readable book that complements The Second Machine Age’s economic perspective on the near-term implications of recent accomplishments in AI and the more detailed analysis of how we might get from where we are today to AGI and even the superhuman AI in Superintelligence…. At one point, Tegmark quotes Emerson: ’Life is a journey, not a destination.’ The same may be said of the book itself. Enjoy the ride, and you will come out the other end with a greater appreciation of where people might take technology and themselves in the years ahead.”—Science
“Lucid and engaging, it has much to offer the general reader. Mr. Tegmark’s explanation of how electronic circuitry-or a human brain-could produce something as evanescent and immaterial as thought is both elegant and enlightening. But the idea that machine-based superintelligence could somehow run amok is fiercely resisted by many computer scientists….Yet the notion enjoys more credence today than a few years ago, partly thanks to Mr. Tegmark.”—The Wall Street Journal
“This is a compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness—on Earth and beyond.”—Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX and cofounder and CEO of Tesla
“All of us—not only scientists, industrialists and generals—should ask ourselves what can we do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits of future AI and avoiding the risks. This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark’s thought-provoking book will help you join it.”—Professor Stephen Hawking, Director of Research, Cambridge Centre for Theoretical Cosmology
“Tegmark’s new book is a deeply thoughtful guide to the most important conversation of our time, about how to create a benevolent future civilization as we merge our biological thinking with an even greater intelligence of our own creation.”—Ray Kurzweil, inventor, and futurist, and author of The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind
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