Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Paperback)

Staff Pick Logo
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
5 on hand, as of Aug 16 8:45am

Staff Reviews

Equal parts fascinating and harrowing, Superintelligence by Professor Nick Bostrom, delivers a brilliant analysis of the future of humanity's relationship with AI. As a stark warning of the existential danger we all face as we inch further toward the inevitable singularity, this book only gets more important with time. A must read for anyone with a passion for what the future holds for the human race. --Anton

— From Staff Picks - Anton


A New York Times bestseller

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

This profoundly ambitious and original book breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.

About the Author

Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Program on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), and Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009). He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198739838
ISBN-10: 0198739834
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 1st, 2016
Pages: 390
Language: English