• Computers


Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
Author: Hans Moravec
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195136302
Category: Computers
Page: 227
View: 3647
Moravec predicts a near-future in which robots will not only attain human levels of intelligence, they will also first displace human workers and then completely supplant humanity.

    • Computers


Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
Author: Hans P. Moravec
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195116304
Category: Computers
Page: 227
View: 4545
The author make predictions about the role of robots and machines in future society, arguing that after an adjustment, intelligent robots will become our evolutionary heirs

    • Computers

Mind Children

The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence
Author: Hans Moravec
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674576186
Category: Computers
Page: 214
View: 9521
"A dizzying display of intellect and wild imaginings by Moravec, a world-class roboticist who has himself developed clever beasts . . . Undeniably, Moravec comes across as a highly knowledgeable and creative talent--which is just what the field needs".--Kirkus Reviews.

    • Philosophy

Intelligence Unbound

The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
Author: Russell Blackford,Damien Broderick
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118736419
Category: Philosophy
Page: 344
View: 5053
Intelligence Unbound explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists. Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest Illuminates the nature and ethics of tomorrow’s machine minds—and of the convergence of humans and machines—to consider the pros and cons of a variety of intriguing possibilities Considers classic philosophical puzzles as well as the latest topics debated by scholars Covers a wide range of viewpoints and arguments regarding the prospects of uploading and machine intelligence, including proponents and skeptics, pros and cons

    • Technology & Engineering

The Age of Spiritual Machines

When Computer Exceed Human Intelligence
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781439504413
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 388
View: 1791
The creator of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, and the Windows 95 voicerecognition program offers logical and readable forecasts about twentyfirst century technology. Reprint.

    • Business & Economics

The Rise of the Robots

Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment
Author: Martin Ford
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780747500
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
View: 5170
Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data-analysts, and paralegals are currently in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi-drivers and ironically even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by 'robots'. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the very implosion of the capitalist economy itself. In Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is start - all jobs that are on some level routine are like to eventually be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed-out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe.

    • Computers

The Robotics Primer

Author: Maja J. Matarić
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026263354X
Category: Computers
Page: 306
View: 1851
A broadly accessible introduction to robotics that spans the most basic concepts and the most novel applications; for students, teachers, and hobbyists.

    • Fiction

Supertoys Last All Summer Long

And Other Stories of Future Time
Author: Brian W. Aldiss
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312280610
Category: Fiction
Page: 232
View: 6097
A collection of science fiction tales, including the story of a robot boy who wants nothing more than to be loved by his parents.

    • Science


Author: Freeman Dyson
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307831027
Category: Science
Page: 384
View: 6707
Readers of Freeman Dyson’s previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before he became a distinguished scientist. The aim of this new book, as Dyson says, is to open windows, to let the experts inside the temple of science see out, and to let the ordinary citizens outside see in.” In this process an immensely broad range of ideas, people, contemporary history, and discoveries of many sorts pass in review. Beginning with a piece of writing he did as a child and ending with recent work, he goes from Eros, the god or youthful passion, to Gaia, the fertile life-giving mother-planet Earth. The pilgrimage is a good metaphor for the life of a writer. This book is full of discoveries. In the company of one of the most lucid minds of our time, one approaches great men and problems central to our common existence. Always there is warmth, kindness, high intelligence and humor. Dyson is intimate with both science and man. Whether he is dealing with the problems of physics or politics, whether he is engrossed in astronomy or literature, whether he is concentrating on an African village of space science, Dyson’s view is always “infinite in all directions,” always following the path of diversity, always keeping his eye on the wonder of our earth and the health and happiness of its inhabitants.

Introduction to Autonomous Robots

Kinematics, Perception, Localization and Planning
Author: Nikolaus Correll
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692700877
Page: 226
View: 1525
This book introduces concepts in mobile, autonomous robotics to 3rd-4th year students in Computer Science or a related discipline. The book covers principles of robot motion, forward and inverse kinematics of robotic arms and simple wheeled platforms, perception, error propagation, localization and simultaneous localization and mapping. The cover picture shows a wind-up toy that is smart enough to not fall off a table just using intelligent mechanism design and illustrate the importance of the mechanism in designing intelligent, autonomous systems. This book is open source, open to contributions, and released under a creative common license.

    • Computers

On Intelligence

How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines
Author: Jeff Hawkins,Sandra Blakeslee
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429900454
Category: Computers
Page: 272
View: 3466
From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machines Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself. Hawkins develops a powerful theory of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines. The brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure of the world, remembering sequences of events and their nested relationships and making predictions based on those memories. It is this memory-prediction system that forms the basis of intelligence, perception, creativity, and even consciousness. In an engaging style that will captivate audiences from the merely curious to the professional scientist, Hawkins shows how a clear understanding of how the brain works will make it possible for us to build intelligent machines, in silicon, that will exceed our human ability in surprising ways. Written with acclaimed science writer Sandra Blakeslee, On Intelligence promises to completely transfigure the possibilities of the technology age. It is a landmark book in its scope and clarity.

    • Health & Fitness

Fantastic Voyage

Live Long Enough to Live Forever
Author: Ray Kurzweil,Terry Grossman
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 0452286670
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 452
View: 6908
A leading scientist and an expert on human longevity explain how new discoveries in the fields of genomics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology could radically extend the human life expectancy and enhance physical and mental abilities, and introduce a cutting-edge program designed to enhance the immune system and slow the aging process on a cellular level. Reprint.

    • Computers

Principles of Computer Hardware

Author: Alan Clements
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199273138
Category: Computers
Page: 656
View: 5348
The fourth edition of this work provides a readable, tutorial based introduction to the subject of computer hardware for undergraduate computer scientists and engineers and includes a companion website to give lecturers additional notes.

    • Science

Singularity Rising

Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World
Author: James D. Miller
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1936661659
Category: Science
Page: 262
View: 4054
Offers social and economic predictions for the Singularity, a scientific vision that foresees a time of abundant human and artificial intelligence, and speculates on the implications of such a future.

    • Computers

Computer Mathematics

Author: D. J. Cooke,H. E. Bez
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521273244
Category: Computers
Page: 394
View: 8762
Mathematics of Computing -- Discrete Mathematics.

    • Computers

The Age of Em

Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth
Author: Robin Hanson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191069663
Category: Computers
Page: 368
View: 383
Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like? Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human. Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army of workers is at your disposal. When they can be made cheaply, within perhaps a century, ems will displace humans in most jobs. In this new economic era, the world economy may double in size every few weeks. Some say we can't know the future, especially following such a disruptive new technology, but Professor Robin Hanson sets out to prove them wrong. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science, and economics, he uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated by ems. While human lives don't change greatly in the em era, em lives are as different from ours as our lives are from those of our farmer and forager ancestors. Ems make us question common assumptions of moral progress, because they reject many of the values we hold dear. Read about em mind speeds, body sizes, job training and career paths, energy use and cooling infrastructure, virtual reality, aging and retirement, death and immortality, security, wealth inequality, religion, teleportation, identity, cities, politics, law, war, status, friendship and love. This book shows you just how strange your descendants may be, though ems are no stranger than we would appear to our ancestors. To most ems, it seems good to be an em.

    • Computers


Playing at the Edge of AI
Author: David B. Fogel
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9781558607835
Category: Computers
Page: 404
View: 7756
"Blondie24 tells the story of a computer that taught itself to play checkers far better than its creators ever could by emulating the principles of Darwinian evolution and discovering innovative ways to approach the game. In this year of 2001, as we remember Arthur C. Clarke's predictions, David Fogel dramatically demonstrates how evolutionary computation may enable humans to create a thinking machine far more readily than the techniques traditionally used in the study of artificial intelligence."--BOOK JACKET.

    • Psychology

Society Of Mind

Author: Marvin Minsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671657135
Category: Psychology
Page: 339
View: 3060
An authority on artificial intelligence introduces a theory that explores the workings of the human mind and the mysteries of thought

    • Philosophy

Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Republic

Author: Robert Mayhew
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847686551
Category: Philosophy
Page: 163
View: 6118
In this text, the author analyses Aristotle's criticisms of Republic to discover what they reveal about Aristotle's political philosophy, and demonstrates that almost all the criticisms revolve around Aristotle's concept of the unity of the city.

    • Science

The Singularity is Near

Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co
ISBN: 0715640151
Category: Science
Page: 683
View: 9321
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil examines the next step in the evolutionary process of the union of human and machine. He foresees the dawning of a new civilization where we will be able to transcend our biological skills with the vastly greater capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing abilities of our creations. In practical terms, human aging and illness will be reversed; pollution will be stopped and world hunger and poverty will be solved. There will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. The Singularity is Near offers a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.