Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: The Artificial Intelligence Revolution by Louis A. Del Monte

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution by Louis A. Del Monte is a warning regarding the threat new artificial intelligence (AI) technology poses to the survival of humankind. Will the future come down to man versus machine, when the singularity is near? Will an artificial intelligence robot be your friend or foe?

Scientists are working relentlessly at improving AI technology for the benefit of man. Evolved technology is everywhere-smart TVs, smart phones, and even smart houses. One day the artificial intelligence of these machines will match our own intelligence-and one day it will exceed the "singularity." 

Then what? 

Will machines continue to serve us as the balance tips in their favor? These questions are addressed rigorously, their potentialities extrapolated for one reason-the survival of humankind. 
  • Are "strong" AI machines (SAMs) a new form of life? 
  • Should SAMs have rights?
  • Do SAMs pose a threat to humankind? 
Del Monte and other AI experts predict that AI capabilities will develop into SAMs with abilities far beyond what human beings can even fathom. Will they serve us, or will SAMs take an entirely different viewpoint? That question and many more are tackled by Del Monte in this sobering look at the The Artificial Intelligence Revolution.

Received for review.

As an Almost Human fan I was prepared to be a bit put off by this since it has a distinct anti-AI bent to it but I found myself alternately intrigued and horrified by its conclusions.

The author does a brilliant job of clearly and concisely laying out the subject for everyday people like me.  He covers subjects such as cyborgs and implants and at what point a human is no longer a human.

The part I found most fascinating was the discussion of whether AIs should have rights at all, let alone rights equal to humans.  It was an extremely eye opening and disturbing discussion of a topic I really hadn't thought about much at all.

Although I do mostly agree with the author's assertions I'm not entirely sure I like that he left us with a set of unsettling conclusions and no way to really resolve or prevent the issues.  It's all incredibly disturbing and not happy and bright like the movie A.I. led us to normally think of AIs.  They're not innocuous little boys, they can be scary, scary things and can actually replace us as a species.

Overall, this was truly a well written, fascinating look into the different topics and I definitely recommend it to those interested in the subject.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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Michelle Miller said...

You read the most interesting books! It is an intriguing question about this kind of intelligence. A.I. was a good movie, but I found it incredibly sad.

Great review!

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