In 2062, world-leading researcher Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, economics, politics, everyday life and even death. Will automation take away most jobs? Will robots become conscious and take over? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud? How will politics adjust to the post-truth, post-privacy digitised world? When we have succeeded in building intelligent machines, how will life on this planet unfold?
Based on a deep understanding of technology, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that the future remains bright.
‘As Toby Walsh convincingly puts it, “the golden age of philosophy is just about to begin”– a testament to both the richness and the urgency of the questions that confront us between now and 2062. This is a compelling invitation to imagine the future we want, and a lively provocation to make it happen.’ —Brian Christian, author of The Most Human Human and co-author of Algorithms to Live By
‘If you want to explore what the disruptive future shaped by AI could be, read this book’ –James Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, and author of Future Smart: Managing the Game Changing Trends that will Transform Your World
‘One day, machines will surpass humans in all forms of general intelligence. When will that happen? The answer, according to a survey of experts, is the year 2062. If you want to read a lively and well-informed speculation about what could happen next, you can't do better than Toby Walsh's amazing new book.’ –Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of the New York Times best-seller The Second Machine Age
‘Clarity and sanity in a world full of fog and uncertainty – a timely book about the race to remain human.’ –Richard Watson, author of Digital Vs. Humanand futurist-in-residence at Imperial College, London
‘“What happens next?” is the question that drives human curiosity and innovation. In 2062, Toby Walsh asks that question of one of the most critical junctures on our horizon – the point at which machines become as intelligent as humans. If you’re looking for a roadmap to help navigate that future, look no further.’ —Joel Werner, broadcaster and science journalist
'One of the deepest questions facing humanity, pondered by a mind well and truly up to the task. Rip in!' –Adam Spencer, broadcaster
Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.
In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?
Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls. “A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine” (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history’s keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Brave New World, his masterpiece, has enthralled and terrified millions of readers, and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying work of literature. Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s, Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.
"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." —Chicago Tribune