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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312622376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312622374
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A hard-hitting book about the most important topic of this century and possibly beyond -- the issue of whether our species can survive. I wish it was science fiction but I know it's not.” ―Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype

“The compelling story of humanity's most critical challenge. A Silent Spring for the twenty-first century.” ―Michael Vassar, former President, Singularity Institute

“Barrat's book is excellently written and deeply researched. It does a great job of communicating to general readers the danger of mistakes in AI design and implementation.” ―Bill Hibbard, author of Super-Intelligent Machines

“An important and disturbing book.” ―Huw Price, co-founder, Cambridge University Center for the Study of Existential Risk

Our Final Invention is a thrilling detective story, and also the best book yet written on the most important problem of the twenty-first century.” ―Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute

“Enthusiasts dominate observers of progress in artificial intelligence; the minority who disagree are alarmed, articulate and perhaps growing in numbers, and Barrat delivers a thoughtful account of their worries.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Science fiction has long explored the implications of humanlike machines (think of Asimov's I, Robot), but Barrat's thoughtful treatment adds a dose of reality.” ―Science News

“This book makes an important case that without extraordinary care in our planning, powerful ‘thinking' machines present at least as many risks as benefits. … Our Final Invention makes an excellent read for technophiles as well as readers wishing to get a glimpse of the near future as colored by rapidly improving technological competence.” ―New York Journal of Books

“A dark new book by James Barrat, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, lays out a strong case for why we should be at least a little worried.” ―NewYorker.com

“You can skip coffee this week -- Our Final Invention will keep you wide-awake.” ―Singularity Hub

“Barrat has talked to all the significant American players in the effort to create recursively self-improving artificial general intelligence in machines. He makes a strong case that AGI with human-level intelligence will be developed in the next couple of decades. … His thoughtful case about the dangers of ASI gives even the most cheerful technological optimist much to think about.” ―Reason

“If you read just one book that makes you confront scary high-tech realities that we'll soon have no choice but to address, make it this one.” ―The Washington Post

About the Author

James Barrat is a documentary filmmaker who's written and produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the United States and Europe. He lives near Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.


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"Our Final Invention" is an intriguing look at the dangers of artificial general intelligence (AGI), or human level intelligence in machines. If you couldn't guess from the title, Barrat is not all that convinced that such a technology can be developed safely, or controlled effectively once it reaches a level of intelligence beyond our own. In a sense, he's injecting some much-needed caution into the "singularity" movement championed by Ray Kurzweil and others. The author does a great job of explaining complex concepts and problems in a way that can be understood by a general reader who's not very familiar with AI or computer science.

Though the core thesis is specific, the book is broad in its coverage and detailed throughout. Barrat interviews many interesting people with different perspectives and takes on AI and technology in general, so you never want to put the book down. A lot of the book is about potential futures, but the history of AI is also given its due, and was the part I found the most interesting. The endnotes are numerous and very helpful.

What's interesting is that every time you think of a point that might have gone unconsidered, Barrat addresses it at some point later in the book. Overall, it amounts to a pretty pessimistic take on AI, which is good because Barrat and many of the people he interviews have no delusions of what we're up against should AGI or ASI arise. Notably, he thinks we're not that far away from actually creating it, either. This is a book that should be read by anyone with an interest in the big issues we face in our future, which in turn should be everyone.
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A thought provoking if a little pessimistic trip into the future of our world living with ever-improving technology. The author quotes from personal interviews as well as the written work of leading "experts" working in advanced AI today, so his predictions are well-founded in a lot of cases. Well argued and definitely worth the read, if only for the education on the state of AI today .
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James does an excellent job helping the reader gain some appreciation for the order of magnitude that potentially awaits humanity when AI matures into AGI and ASI. It would appear that we are somewhat blindly heading where many suggest we shouldn't go, yet we go anyway. The writing and logical sequence of the book is good but at times the flow is scattered. I would suggest that it is likely the direct result of the complexity of the subject. Overall this is a must read for everyone. Although having said that it isn't likely that a public uprising would change the direction we're headed. James makes all the arguments with logic and apparent research but I must say the automatic response when reading this is 'Is this really happening and fuelled by smart people?'. Truly frightening. The old adage that "ignorance is bliss" really applies here. Happy awakening...
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In my opinion this is an important book. A serious consideration of the direction our future is likely to take as this world changing technology continues to be developed. We need to start thinking about the impact genuine AI will have on our lives, our culture, our civilization. The genie never goes back in the bottle.
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