Artificial (General) Intelligence, or AGI will be with us soon and will change our way of life completely. It will follow on from the impressive Smart Devices we have today. Even more incredible developments are coming, and then more and more again, leading exponentially to computers with AGI, (Artificial General Intelligence). Robotic machines far more intelligent than we are, and able to do any jobs that humans can do… faster and better and for longer. Many experts believe they will also have awareness, and the ability to replicate and develop their “learning” software leading inevitably to ASI (Artificial Super Intelligence). The runaway consequences of that irreversible event will change our lives, dramatically and nothing will be the same again. Will we be ready for such a devastating situation? Can we prevent it happening? This easy to read book, explains what is about to occur and why. It also includes “For and Against” comments and arguments by experts in the field, plus sections describing the latest developments and speculations about what we will experience in the very near future, plus a comprehensive further reading list.
Tony Thorne MBE is an Englishman, born and technically educated in London, England, as a Chartered Design Engineer. He lives in Austria in summer and the Canary Island of Tenerife in winter. Earlier in life he, wrote science-fiction and humorous stories, was an active SF Fan, and a spare time lecturer for the British Interplanetary Society. For developments in the field of low temperature (cryo)surgery instruments, and very high temperature processing furnaces for carbon fibre, the Queen awarded him an MBE. After many subsequent business adventures, including the development of AI computer software for business applications, he is now an author of quirky speculative fiction; mostly tall Science Fiction and Macabre tales, with over 100 short stories published in many magazines, various collections, and many anthologies including eight from Whortleberry Press. His first novel, POINTS OF VIEW,was published by Eternal Press, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and its two sequels, THE WEAPONS and THE AMERICAN CONNECTION, to be published later in 2016 are now available for reviewers. His best selling title, THE SINGULARITY IS COMING is published in English and Chinese versions. Much more information is as listed on his website: www.tonythornembe.com
I always enjoy a well-researched book, and the author has obviously done his research on this one. Ever since I read William Gibson’s Necromancer, I have had a fascination for computer AIs and this one covers the areas I have thought about and goes beyond. I often wonder what type of AI will appear first the benign or not so benign and the survivability of the human nature is linked to, and the book is easy to understand for the non-techies out there. The second part comprises linked sci-fi tales, an impressive idea, I like my sci-fi researched and I know this author has done his homework. - By Seonicked (Reviewer pen name)