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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Nick Bostrom (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • DB
  • 27/08/2017

Not as exciting as expected

I was disappointed by this book that everybody seems to like and recommend. Rather than giving a personal vision of the future it explores all the possible futures in a rather dystopian way. The style is also quite boring.

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  • Gary
  • 12/09/2014

Colossus: The Forbin Project is coming

This book is more frightening than any book you'll ever read. The author makes a great case for what the future holds for us humans. I believe the concepts in "The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil are mostly spot on, but the one area Kurzweil dismisses prematurely is how the SI (superintelligent advanced artificial intelligence) entity will react to its circumstances.

The book doesn't really dwell much on how the SI will be created. The author mostly assumes a computer algorithm of some kind with perhaps human brain enhancements. If you reject such an SI entity prima facie this book is not for you, since the book mostly deals with assuming such a recursive self aware and self improving entity will be in humanities future.

The author makes some incredibly good points. He mostly hypothesizes that the SI entity will be a singleton and not allow others of its kind to be created independently and will happen on a much faster timeline after certain milestones are fulfilled.

The book points out how hard it is to put safeguards into a procedure to guard against unintended consequences. For example, making 'the greater good for the greatest many' the final goal can lead to unintended consequence such as allowing a Nazi ruled world (he doesn't give that example directly in the book, and I borrow it from Karl Popper who gave it as a refutation for John Stuart Mill's utilitarian philosophy). If the goal is to make us all smile, the SI entity might make brain probes that force us to smile. There is no easy end goal specifiable without unintended consequences.

This kind of thinking within the book is another reason I can recommend the book. As I was listening, I realized that all the ways we try to motivate or control an SI entity to be moral can also be applied to us humans in order to make us moral to. Morality is hard both for us humans and for future SI entities.

There's a movie from the early 70s called "Colossus: The Forbin Project", it really is a template for this book, and I would recommend watching the movie before reading this book.

I just recently listened to the book, "Our Final Invention" by James Barrat. That book covers the same material that is presented in this book. This book is much better even though they overlap very much. The reason why is this author, Nick Bostrom, is a philosopher and knows how to lay out his premises in such a way that the story he is telling is consistent, coherent, and gives a narrative to tie the pieces together (even if the narrative will scare the daylights out of the listener).

This author has really thought about the problems inherent in an SI entity, and this book will be a template for almost all future books on this subject.

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  • Charles
  • 24/09/2014

A must read that must be read slowly

There is not much math in this book, not many pictures or tables. Usually this is a good indicator that I'll be able to follow along in an audio version. That was not true of this book. I listen to audiobooks while doing menial tasks involving infrequent and brief moments of concentration, with most books I am able to do this easily, but this book requires some pondering and digestion. Any distraction seemed to be enough to miss something important. Perhaps some of this was due to narrator's smooth baratone which - for reasons I don't know - I didn't like. I plan on getting the hard copy and reading this one in silence. This book is definitely a must read, but it also seems it must be read slowly. Put it down, think about it, talk about it with your friends, then and only then on to the next chapter.

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  • Matthew
  • 27/08/2015

Interesting for sure, but kind of boring

Any additional comments?

Every chapter is more or less the author proposing an idea/prediction, and then exhaustively defining and constraining the solution space for that idea. .e.g AI could be done via method X, which would enable A, B, C, D, but would exclude J, K, L, M, N, etc..

Except for that's done over an hour.

So, every detail is treated very well, and it's an interesting process, but near the end I just couldn't take it any more and had to skip parts. :)

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  • Brendan
  • 26/06/2016

Book About AI Narrated By AI

I've maintained something of an interest in AI and decided that this book would allow me to go a bit more in-depth. Nope. Whatever degree is required to maintain and understand the analysis that Bostrom puts forward is one that I clearly like. What I mean to say is that Superintelligence is drier than the Sahara and faaaar too long! Worst of all, the narration actually sounds robotic. Bad book, bad narration, bad choice.

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  • M. Shivas
  • 02/03/2016

Speculation masquerading as Science

What disappointed you about Superintelligence?

The majority of Nick Bostrom's "SuperIntelligence" is conjecture, and much of it is not credible. The narrative lifts off from a thin crust of scientific fact then tail-spins into unimaginative speculation: some AI projects might advance faster than others; governments would seek to gain control if they thought AI would present a strategic advantage; an AI might become so powerful so fast it could take over the world, resulting in a "singleton" new world order, etc. The book reads like an index of unmoving science fiction premises rather than a thought-provoking expedition over the landscape of possibility.

The author attempts to capture the complex challenges underpinning the development of Artificial Intelligence under the umbrella term "recalcitrance". This leads to absurd simplifications like "Rate of change in intelligence equals optimization power over recalcitrance" on which he bases his theories of an AI "explosion". One of the countless implausible possibilities the author describes is that AI projects could be moved to the cloud, as if they could be scaled as easily as websites.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Emperor of all Maladies

Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

SuperIntelligence is rich with phrases like "neurotoxic pollutants" that Napoleon Ryan pronounces with an educated bearing that fits the narrative's imperious tone. The book sounds as if it were written, published and narrated by Orwell's Ministry of Information. The section that describes parental attitudes to improving children's intelligence via genetics is particularly callous.

What character would you cut from Superintelligence?

The author

Any additional comments?

One memorable insight revealed is that pundits who predict the creation of an Artificial Intelligence "within twenty years" are safe in the knowledge that their careers will be over by the time their predictions are proved wrong. We can hope that Bostrom's AI explosion results in robots that can write books more credible, and less soulless, than this.

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  • Gregory Collier
  • 09/12/2014

Pretty hard to listen to for more than a short tim

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I wish it was, but it only takes a couple of minutes before my mind starts wandering and the narrator is just idle background noise.

Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?

Probably not.

Did Superintelligence inspire you to do anything?

Read the book instead of listen to it.

Any additional comments?

The narrator speaks clearly and eloquently but the tone and meter were just impossible for me to enjoy. He didn't appear to be at all interested or passionate about the subject matter and instead just sounded like he was reading a script full of Star Trek technobabble and was just completely bored.

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  • David
  • 26/07/2015

Thorough, With a Mix of Excellence and Other

The book is worth the listen because it is a very good and thorough exposition of one of the major technological problems and risks approaching us in the very near future. Anything that can bring Popular awareness of this and similar issues is a great value.

On the down side the author is so committed to voicing the scholarly non-committal tone that he fails to make definite statements about any topic, even when he could do so.

At times there are logical fallacies in the arguments, and assumptions about the nature of Artificial Intelligences that appear to be groundless, and are not supported by explanation.

There is also a tendency to quote and rely on a variety of "Celebrity" Experts, who have track records in Technology that more recently have led them down allies of almost clownish obsolescence in one case, and over-confidence leading to fallacies and mistakes in their work in the other case.

I would not take this book as 'gospel' on Super-Intelligence. Rather it is a worthwhile entry into the current fieldwork on the subject, such as it is.


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  • Jacob
  • 11/06/2015

Brilliant and Terrifying.

Nick Bostrom's, Superintelligence takes you on a journey through a sea of terminology and educated predictions to provide a stark and clear picture of the problems we face as a species as we approach singularity. The book is easy enough to work though and much more theoretical and practical than technical. Absolutely worth a read/listen for anyone worried or curious about how, when, or why machine intelligence will change humanity.

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  • SmartBean
  • 18/02/2017

Remarkably tedious

This is a remarkably tedious and pedantic book. Some wisdom may be hiding among the mountains of verbiage, but I doubt it is worth the trouble.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/01/2018

It’s a grind

I wasn’t sure how to rate this title, as the actual information found here is the most complete source on the subject matter. However, it is seriously tough to get through. The narrators tone is dull and rather monotone, which is doubly unfortunate as it almost feels like he is reading one long, book sized list of highly technical jargon, specifically designed to lose lamen like myself. This seems like a title it would be better to have a hard copy of, in order to study from, as the combination of the authors writing style and the narrators performance does not make for easy listening.

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  • Vidar Andersen
  • 15/04/2016

Probably great content, performance renders it near insufferable to listen

It sounds like the narrator has put a bucket on his head and unfortunately it is additionally read in a staccato fashion making each and every sentence sound exactly the same. Not the quality level I'd expect from an Audible audiobook.

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  • Gerd
  • 07/11/2016

Interessant aber manchmal fade und hypothetisch

Eigentlich ein sehr interessantes Thema. Unsere Gesellschaft muss sich rechtzeitig Gedanken darüber machen, wie man eine KI so erschafft, dass sie kontrollierbar bleibt, selbst wenn sie schlauer wird als wir. Tun wir das nicht rechtzeitig und ausgiebig genug, könnte die Erfindung einer solchen KI das letzte Ereignis in der Geschichte der Menschheit sein. Das Buch zeigt verschiedene mögliche Arten, wie eine solche KI entwickelt werden könnte, wie der Übergang in eine Gesellschaft mit künstlicher Intelligenz ablaufen könnte und wie man diese Vorgänge in gewissem Maße sicher machen könnte.
Das ist so weit ganz spannend, serviert wird das jedoch teilweise in mathematischen Ausschweifungen und oder in so hypothetischen Szenarien, dass es mir schwer gefallen ist, das Buch zu hören und ich die letzten beiden Kapitel komplett ausgelassen habe (obwohl ich das Thema unheimlich spannend finde). Zwar ist das Thema wirklich wichtig und viele der gezeigten Probleme und Lösungsansätze sind durchaus hilfreich. Trotzdem wirkt es an vielen Stellen so, als würde der Erfinder der Dampfmaschine über Probleme in der Formel 1 philosophieren. Wir sind heute noch so weit davon entfernt eine brauchbare KI zu entwickeln, die es auch wert ist als intelligent bezeichnet zu werden, dass wir nur wild spekulieren können, wie so etwas funktionieren kann. Da erscheint es mir wenig zielführend Kapitel über Kapitel auf eben diesen Spekulationen aufzubauen ohne dass wirklich viel heraus kommt...

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  • Reimfloh
  • 30/10/2017

Langatmig, eintönig, fad

Superintelligence hat als Buch vielleicht eine Berechtigung, als Hörbuch ist es schwer zu ertragen. Üblicherweise höre ich neben dem Autofahren was bei vielen populärwissenschaftlichen Büchern kaum Schwierigkeiten bereitet weil sie verständlich und in einfacher Sprache geschrieben sind. Nicht so dieses Werk. Es geht zu sehr in Richtung eines wissenschaftlichen Aufsatzes. Der Text ist zudem voll von Buzzwords die sich laufend wiederholen und sich nach kurzer Zeit so abgenützt haben, dass man sie kaum noch hören kann. Manchmal fehlt auch einfach der Tiefgang. Nach dem 3. oder 4. "superintelligence" in zwei Sätzen steige ich aus. Da will ich nicht mehr. Genauso kehren die Argumente und Inhalte ständig wieder. Kaum etwas hat mich wirklich überrascht oder wäre neu. Es macht einfach keinen Spaß zuzuhören. Vielleicht wäre eine gekonnte deutsche Übersetzung hier die bessere Wahl weil man sich nicht ganz so stark konzentrieren muss und man die Gelegenheit hätte dem Text etwas die Eintönigkeit zu ziehen. Leider auch keine einfache Aufgabe.

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  • Global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/07/2017

mind blowingly numbing - Andrew Finn

And he was right. You cannot hear this in one sessions. But if you are into this topic you will not regret have listened to this book.
Very detailed, very patiently laid out overview of artificial intelligence and the control problem. Good .. read ...

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  • Birgit
  • 28/10/2016

Important Issue, annoying speaker

well written by the very clear thinker nick bostrom, who manages to provide insight for a wide range of topics relevant for AI.
Deserves a better speaker though.

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  • laptop tisch besitzer
  • 03/10/2016

the sound quality is really bad.

the sound quality is really bad. They should consider to record this again with better quality.

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  • pitpat
  • 19/08/2016

Too important to be this bulky

Ok, I get it, the author comes from a very academic origin. But this is too much. This book is good, really, if you invest some brain energy and if you try to be a critic who needs to be persuaded by logical proof reasoning.

But it deserves a rewrite. A real layman's rewrite with clearer statements, cut by at least 25 percent and with more examples. Oh wait, that rewrite is already done. Read waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html

But then also by this audio book to reward the author for his work :)

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  • Ramon J.
  • 26/02/2018

Basics

It gives a good idea of the topic. Good for new arrivals in artificial intelligence.

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  • Tim Hahn
  • 12/08/2016

Brillant

Great analysis. I stopped all my DNNs so they don't run off and take over the world over the weekend. Read it!

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  • Marc Dierckx
  • 02/01/2015

Nietzsche revisited

excellent overview on the state of the art, but disappointment on the promoted believe that super intelligence can solve the world s problems. After all even for a super intelligence Nash remains unattainable and heuristics remain heuristics. I also missed the argument on social strive and survival of the fittest among super intelligences.

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