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The Resource The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan, (electronic resource)

The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan, (electronic resource)

Label
The technological singularity
Title
The technological singularity
Statement of responsibility
Murray Shanahan
Creator
Subject
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
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
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Shanahan, Murray
Dewey number
006.3
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The MIT Press essential knowledge series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Technology
  • Conscious automata
  • Brain
Label
The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
ocn917889148
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 244 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262331821
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt17kkq0q
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)917889148
Label
The technological singularity, Murray Shanahan, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
ocn917889148
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 244 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262331821
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt17kkq0q
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)917889148

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