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Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence Audiobook

Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence

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Publisher's Summary

Artificial intelligence is our most powerful technology and, in the coming decades, it'll change everything in our lives. If we get it right, it'll make humans almost godlike. If we get it wrong...well, extinction is not the worst possible outcome.

Surviving AI is a concise, easy guide to what's coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a superintelligence (the technological singularity).

©2015 Calum Chace (P)2015 Calum Chace

What the Critics Say

"Understanding AI - its promise and its dangers - is emerging as one of the great challenges of coming decades, and this is an invaluable guide to anyone who's interested, confused, excited, or scared." (David Shukman, BBC Science editor)

"We have recently seen a surge in the volume of scholarly analysis of this topic; Chace impressively augments that with this high-quality, more general-audience discussion." (Aubrey de Grey, CSO of SENS Research Foundation; former AI researcher)

"Calum Chace is a prescient messenger of the risks and rewards of artificial intelligence. In Surviving AI, he has identified the most essential issues and developed them with insight and wit - so that the very framing of the questions aids our search for answers. Chace's sensible balance between AI's promise and peril makes Surviving AI an excellent primer for anyone interested in what's happening, how we got here, and where we are headed." (Kenneth Cukier, co-author of Big Data)

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 07-31-16
    Striker Atlanta, GA 07-31-16 Member Since 2016

    If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Absolutely Fascinating and Enlightening"

    I normally don't read non-fiction books of this type, but I'm very glad that I made an exception here. This book was positively fascinating and I listened to the entire audiobook almost without stopping.

    This book explains what exactly AI is, how the technology is progressing, current technologies using AI's, current roadblocks, future applications, potential solutions, etc.
    I had no idea about half of the topics discussed. The author really does a great job with the historical context and how AI is currently being used.

    Narration was very good and sounded just like I thought the author would. 5 star performance.

    This is definitely a must-read for technology lovers and anyone wishing to understand the current direction of technology. Great listen!

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Overview"

    Very high-level. Great information. May not be detailed enough for a reader familiar with AI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Collins Katy, Tx United States 08-26-16
    Dan Collins Katy, Tx United States 08-26-16 Member Since 2016

    Husband, father, IT Leader and Innovator specializing in Retail Energy pricing and costing systems

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    "Good Introduction to the Topic"

    You could easily see a book like this become too long and laborious for the average reader. I was impressed that the producer and author kept it informative but relatively brief. I am more technically inclined than the average person but I can see this book being highly accessible by a reader that knows little about AI but wants to know more. The author does an exceptional job in introducing the reader to the moral aspect of AI and makes a compelling case for why it is every bit as important as the how and when we technical people tend to focus on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    -E 08-25-16
    -E 08-25-16
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    "Very good!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I now have a clearer understanding of a topic for which I was fairly ignorant. Thanks to the author!! Great read.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 08-23-16
    Daman 08-23-16 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Fascinating look into our future"
    What made the experience of listening to Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence the most enjoyable?

    The reality of AI becoming commonplace is not so distant anymore. It was shocking and scary at the same time. The story was well written.


    What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It made the subject matter come to life and was easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Klipstine 08-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book for the curious."
    Would you listen to Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence again? Why?

    Yes. I believe the author did a good job of providing an overview of the history of AI, how we got to where we are and some possibilities of what is to come.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It caused me to give a bit more thought (not that I can really do anything to prepare for it) about how drastically things could be in the not too distant future. A bit exciting and a bit scary.


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    The author did a nice job narrating his own book. Considering the type of book that it is, a real dynamic actor is not required. Hempel's style was more than satisfactory for the job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Seeing the changes that technology has brought to our culture over the past 20 years or so, I'd have to say that I feel some sadness about the path we are on. Even though I am a bit of a tech junkie, I really long for the simpler times that are forever gone in our Western culture.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ezra Cohen-Yashar 08-11-16
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    "set you mind to what is (and dangers) of AGI"
    Would you listen to Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence again? Why?

    sure. It's full of fact and make you think alot. This book did supply me topics for conversations in my Hi-Tech firm for weeks. It's not (enoh) technical but cover all the good and the risks of a future supper robot - a thinking AGI


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence?

    The understanding of AGI dangers


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    He is very much straight to the point but he compiled and read allot of material in order to get ther


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it is very touchy


    Any additional comments?

    The author forgot to explore the possibility that AGI is already here luring in the server farms of the internet and manipulating the humanity like we manipulate chickens. This AGI will not pass the Turing test the same way I cannot pass a chicken test (every chicken will know that behind the curtain there is me and not a chicken). Such an AGI will see human as resource whos job is supply the AGI with electricity, data and spare parts (Hey, that exactly what I am doing now) and don't try to strive for human happiness (like we don't strive for the chicken happiness). If we look at the side effect of the Y generation we can assume the AGI is defiantly here (and unfortunately not the leisure Utopia)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Quella 07-27-16
    Quella 07-27-16 Member Since 2016

    A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com

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    "Confirmation Bias and the rise of AGI"
    Would you try another book from Calum Chace and/or Joe Hempel?

    The book was more a high-level jet tour of AI in general with a focus on AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and some details on Superintelligence. Although I enjoy and have read books covering the subject of AI, more in the gaming perspective, the author and his premise is more focused on AI that is self-aware and what do/should we do with such an AI when or if it happens.

    This book, in many ways, reminds me of the book "Engines of Creation" by Eric Drexler (1986) covering the subject of Nanotechnology. AI, along with deep learning, meta data, and other terms have been the latest scientific craze to replace the older ones we previously worried about; such as nanotechnology. Like with nanotechnology, one needs to be careful with AI in a similar way. I agree that even if AI were outlawed with hopes of preventing AGI from happening, there would be people experimenting with it just like they did with the atomic bomb. I liked the authors discussion of the issue around indifference and how this is an issue as much as friendly or hostile AI. Just an area not often covered in this type of material

    For me, I would have liked a deeper dive into an AI primer than to go the route of what could be more speculative arguments. Understanding that much of AI and the level of AIG are still in the speculative realm. I found the author placed a lot of trust in aspects of science while often ignoring the more moral parts of the subject. This is not to say he did not breeze over them in parts of the book, but it seemed more something he did not want to bother with as it could be a very sensitive and difficult road to go down.

    I'm not sure I fully agree or understand the author's assumption that biology and technology can be blended or that one can fully duplicate one from the other. This may be my lack of understanding of the complexities of AIG and Superintelligence. We have been able to replicate specific applications of biological movement (move a widget from there to there) and automate them with technology. I just have a harder time understanding how this can be applied to intelligence or replicating the brain. As an audio book, I found the format of the book to be somewhat more difficult to follow. This book of course is more reference than fiction so that is and I was able to follow; just that the physical book would have been easier to follow the flow. This also does not reflect my thought about the difficulty being the narrator, he did a great job with the text. .


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    To make the book more enjoyable, I would have like to have had more details on the history of AI and how it has progressed to today. Once that was covered, then dive down based on this information into AGI, etc. I felt that the author to quickly passed over Turing and some of the items the gave rise to AI which would have provided more detail on his premise.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    The narration of the book was done very well. I think Joe was able to make a book that may be considered boring or dull to many not interested in the subject to something they could enjoy listening too. I would look for other books narrated by this author in the future. Because this was non-fiction, it is difficult to provide feedback on his ability to do different characters, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review of the material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Pelletier Niagara Ontario 07-16-16
    D. Pelletier Niagara Ontario 07-16-16 Member Since 2016

    OtherUser76767

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    "Thought provoking and informative"

    This book was suggested by audible I guess the AI knows me a little to well ;) if you wanted to know how AI works this is not the book for you but the narrator talks about the history, theories and philosophical questions surrounding AI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 06-24-16
    Dan 06-24-16
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    "Outstanding, easy to understand discussion of AI and possible benefits and dangers"

    This book is essentially a simplified and easy to understand version of Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence. It is an accessible explanation of the biggest and possibly last issue humans will face. The possibilities range from wonderful to terrifying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • lm93
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    4/3/16
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    "Ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was interesting but would've been nice with more detail!
    But maybe the author is working on this, an ever evolving subject.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I. Lawton
    Ireland
    2/22/16
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    "Not bad, but barely skims the surface."
    What did you like best about Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence? What did you like least?

    It is stated near the beginning of the book what it was not going to delve into, which disappointed as that is exactly what I wanted it to delve into.
    I don't buy the statement that our smartphones are AI nor Google algorithms are AI, they are more like the neanderthal to our homosapien.
    That said, the narrator's compelling performance kept me engaged.
    Many audiobooks fail due to lackluster robotic narration despite the fact that the text is great, the opposite is true here.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marion
    3/9/16
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    "Insightful"

    A really very balanced evaluation of: where we are with AI, what we need to do, what we should be afraid of and much more.
    A definite recommendation for those who enjoy science fiction, even though this is very nearly science fact!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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