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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Brockman Narrator: Barry Brett, Lisa Larsen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780062432933
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As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman’s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling Edge Question series asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think?

The development of artificial intelligence has been a source of fascination and anxiety ever since Alan Turing formalized the concept in 1950. Today, Stephen Hawking believes that AI “could spell the end of the human race.” At the very least, its development raises complicated moral issues with powerful real-world implications—for us and for our machines.

In this volume, recording artist Brian Eno proposes that we’re already part of an AI: global civilization, or what TED curator Chris Anderson elsewhere calls the hive mind. And author Pamela McCorduck considers what drives us to pursue AI in the first place.

On the existential threat posed by superintelligent machines, Steven Pinker questions the likelihood of a robot uprising. Douglas Coupland traces discomfort with human-programmed AI to deeper fears about what constitutes “humanness.” Martin Rees predicts the end of organic thinking, while Daniel C. Dennett explains why he believes the Singularity might be an urban legend.

Provocative, enriching, and accessible, What to Think about Machines That Think may just be a practical guide to the not-so-distant future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, cultural wizard John Brockman has stirred up the intellectual waters with a provocative question, designed to tease the best out of intellectuals…Excellent.”

    New Scientist

  • “An immeasurably stimulating read…exploring the intersection of science, philosophy, technology, ethics, and psychology to unravel some of the most important questions worth asking.”

    Brain Pickings.org

  • “Another stimulating read from Brockman and company.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A satisfying experience for readers looking for thoughtful answers to big questions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Brett Barry and Lisa Larsen split up the narration, with each reading works by authors of their respective genders. Overall, their narrations are solid, and it’s enjoyable to listen to the many unique responses. When they switch back and forth, one feels the anticipation of yet another new idea. Together, they provide solid deliveries and nuance to the often complex thoughts of the authors.”

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About the Author
Author John Brockman

John Brockman, editor of many books, including The Next Fifty Years, is also the author of By the Late John Brockman, The Third Culture, and Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite. He is the founder and CEO of Brockman Inc., a literary and software agency, and the publisher and editor of the website Edge. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Lisa Larsen is a Los Angeles based voiceover actor who specializes in audiobook narration. She has narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres, including inspirational stories, thrillers, and young adult paranormals and also lent her voice to radio spots and a variety of training and marketing videos for companies like Mazda and Nexgrill.