Science world luminary John Brockman assembles twenty-five of the most important scientific minds, people who have been thinking about the field artificial intelligence for most of their careers, for an unparalleled round-table examination about mind, thinking, intelligence and what it means to be human.
"Artificial intelligence is today's storythe story behind all other stories. It is the Second Coming and the Apocalypse at the same time: Good AI versus evil AI." John Brockman
More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Wiener published a book on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: "we shall never receive the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions.... The hour is very late, and the choice of good and evil knocks at our door."
In the wake of advances in unsupervised, self-improving machine learning, a small but influential community of thinkers is considering Wiener's words again. In Possible Minds, John Brockman gathers their disparate visions of where AI might be taking us.
The fruit of the long history of Brockman's profound engagement with the most important scientific minds who have been thinking about AIfrom Alison Gopnik and David Deutsch to Frank Wilczek and Stephen WolframPossible Minds is an ideal introduction to the landscape of crucial issues AI presents. The collision between opposing perspectives is salutary and exhilarating; some of these figures, such as computer scientist Stuart Russell, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and physicist Max Tegmark, are deeply concerned with the threat of AI, including the existential one, while others, notably robotics entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, philosopher Daniel Dennett, and bestselling author Steven Pinker, have a very different view. Serious, searching and authoritative, Possible Minds lays out the intellectual landscape of one of the most important topics of our time.
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About the Author
John Brockman is a cultural impresario whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. The founder and publisher of the online salon Edge (www.edge.org), he is the editor of the Edge Question book series, which includes This Idea is Brilliant, Know This, This Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes. Among his books as author are The Third Culture and By the Late John Brockman. He is the founder of the international literary and software agency Brockman, Inc. and lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: On the Promise and Peril of AI John Brockman xv
Chapter 1 Wrong, but More Relevant Than Ever Seth Lloyd 1
Chapter 2 The Limitations of Opaque Learning Machines Judea Pearl 13
Chapter 3 The Purpose Put into the Machine Stuart Russell 20
Chapter 4 The Third Law George Dyson 33
Chapter 5 What Can We Do? Daniel C. Dennett 41
Chapter 6 The Inhuman Mess Our Machines Have Gotten Us Into Rodney Brooks 54
Chapter 7 The Unity of Intelligence Frank Wilczek 64
Chapter 8 Let's Aspire to More Than Making Ourselves Obsolete Max Tegmark 76
Chapter 9 Dissident Messages Jaan Tallinn 88
Chapter 10 Tech Prophecy and the Underappreciated Causal Power of Ideas Steven Pinker 100
Chapter 11 Beyond Reward and Punishment David Deutsch 113
Chapter 12 The Artificial Use of Human Beings Tom Griffiths 125
Chapter 13 Putting the Human into the AI Equation Anca Dragan 134
Chapter 14 Gradient Descent Chris Anderson 143
Chapter 15 "Information" for Wiener, for Shannon, and for US David Kaiser 151
Chapter 16 Scaling Neil Gershenfeld 160
Chapter 17 The First Machine Intelligences W. Daniel Hillis 170
Chapter 18 Will Computers Become Our Overlords? Venki Ramakrishnan 181
Chapter 19 The Human Strategy Alex "Sandy" Pentland 192
Chapter 20 Making the Invisible Visible: Art Meets AI Hans Ulrich Obrist 206
Chapter 21 Als Versus Four-Year-Olds Alison Gopnik 219
Chapter 22 Algorists Dream of Objectivity Peter Galiso 231
Chapter 23 The Rights of Machines George M. Church 240
Chapter 24 The Artistic Use of Cybernetic Beings Caroline A. Jones 254
Chapter 25 Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Civilization Stephen Wolfram 266