James Barrat’s “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era”

I have read my way through James Barrat’s ‘Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era’  and I decided to offer up some thoughts concerning its central premise from the perspective of someone who’s on the periphery of scientific knowledge about AI. A layman’s view, so to speak. ‘Before, I had been drunk with AI’s potential. Now scepticism about the rosy future slunk into my mind and festered.’  — James Barrat, ‘Our Final Invention’ – page 2   ‘Destroying the world may be harder than you have been led to believe.’ — Sam Hughes, ‘How to Destroy the Earth.’ First the positives: I enjoyed reading the book. It was written in terms that didn’t require a special ‘insider’ vocabulary and reading so many perspectives from people…


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