Movies like The Terminator and The Matrix have desensitized people to a real threat: The age of superintelligent artificial intelligence is approaching, and its emergence may not bode well for society. Philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris wryly provides a much-needed reality check and underlines just how unprepared humankind is to meet such a challenge. getAbstract recommends Harris’s doomsday forecast to computer programmers charged with developing responsible AI and to anyone who wants a glimpse at a dystopian future.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why, barring a global catastrophe, the emergence of superintelligent artificial intelligence (AI) is inevitable;
- How sophisticated AI threatens humanity; and
- Why society must start taking this issue more seriously.
About the Speaker
Philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith and The Moral Landscape.