The Sentient Machine

The Sentient Machine
Author: Amir Husain
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-11-21
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9781501144677

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Explores universal questions about humanity's capacity for living and thriving in the coming age of sentient machines and AI, examining debates from opposing perspectives while discussing emerging intellectual diversity and its potential role in enabling a positive life.

The Sentient Machine

The Sentient Machine
Author: Amir Husain
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-11-21
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9781501144691

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The future is now. Acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain explains how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence—and not only survive, but thrive. Artificial “machine” intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars, automatic checkout at the drugstore, and are unable to live without our smartphones. The discussion around AI is polarized; people think either machines will solve all problems for everyone, or they will lead us down a dark, dystopian path into total human irrelevance. Regardless of what you believe, the idea that we might bring forth intelligent creation can be intrinsically frightening. But what if our greatest role as humans so far is that of creators? Amir Husain, a brilliant inventor and computer scientist, argues that we are on the cusp of writing our next, and greatest, creation myth. It is the dawn of a new form of intellectual diversity, one that we need to embrace in order to advance the state of the art in many critical fields, including security, resource management, finance, and energy. “In The Sentient Machine, Husain prepares us for a brighter future; not with hyperbole about right and wrong, but with serious arguments about risk and potential” (Dr. Greg Hyslop, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company). He addresses broad existential questions surrounding the coming of AI: Why are we valuable? What can we create in this world? How are we intelligent? What constitutes progress for us? And how might we fail to progress? Husain boils down complex computer science and AI concepts into clear, plainspoken language and draws from a wide variety of cultural and historical references to illustrate his points. Ultimately, Husain challenges many of our societal norms and upends assumptions we hold about “the good life.”

The Sentient Machine

The Sentient Machine
Author: Amir Husain
Publsiher: Souvenir Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-04-02
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780285644120

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We are already living in the future. Artificial intelligence is playing an even-greater role in society: from the 'weaponization' of software to the possibility of a post-antibiotic age. The Sentient Machine is the perfect guide to this brave new world. Amir Husain outlines the history behind artificial intelligence from the creation myth of Frankenstein to the advances made by technology innovators such as Elon Musk. Amir Husain asks the essential question: what is the future for humanity in a world that is dominated by machines? Will machines solve all human problems or will they lead us down a dystopian path to human irrelevance? Husain asks what will be the consequences - from job losses, our future, to the existential questions. How are we intelligent, what constitutes progress, how can AI bring us to "the good life"? How can humans prevent ceding decisions to the network of autonomous systems that increasingly surround us? One of the world's leading technologists looks at our future as we are on the cusp of a second Big Bang, when machines can think independently from us. Will the increasing role of artificial intelligence heal or harm our society? In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain addresses complex computer science concepts in plain language and illustrates his points drawing on a wide variety of cultural and historical references. This is an accessible guide to a fascinating subject. A book that could be adopted onto computer science courses, and some philosophy courses.

Consciousness And Robot Sentience Second Edition

Consciousness And Robot Sentience  Second Edition
Author: Haikonen Pentti O A
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2019-05-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 9789811205064

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THIS BOOK is the fully revised and updated second edition of 'Consciousness and Robot Sentience'. With lots of new material, it will provide new insights into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine consciousness, beyond materials published in the first edition. The organization of this book has been streamlined for better clarity and continuity of the lines of arguments.The perspective of AI has been added to this edition. It is shown that contemporary AI has a hidden problem, which prevents it from becoming a true intelligent agent. A self-evident solution to this problem is given in this book.This solution is surprisingly connected with the concepts of qualia, the mind-body problem and consciousness. These are the hard problems of consciousness that so far have been without viable solution. Unfortunately, the solution to the hidden problem of AI cannot be satisfactorily implemented, unless the phenomena of qualia and consciousness are first understood. In this book an explanation of consciousness is presented, one that rejects material and immaterial substances, dualism, panpsychism, emergence and metaphysics. What remains is obvious. This explanation excludes consciousness in digital computers, but allows the artificial creation of consciousness in one natural-like way, by associative non-computational neural networks.The proof of a theory calls for empirical verification. In this case, the proof could be in the form of a sentient robot. This book describes a step towards this in the form of the author's small experimental robot XCR-1. This robot has evolved through the years, and has now new cognitive abilities, which are described.

Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops

Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops
Author: Sophie Dupuy-Chessa,Henderik A. Proper
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 139
Release: 2020-05-15
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9783030491659

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This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the international workshops associated with the 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2020, which was planned to take place in Grenoble, France, during June 8-12, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the conference was held virtually. The workshops included in this book are: KET4DF, The Second International Workshop on Key Enabling Technologies for Digital Factories ISESL, The First International Workshop on Information Systems Engineering for Smarter Life The total of 8 full and 3 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 20 submissions. The book also contains one invited talk.

Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me
Author: Ian McEwan
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-04-23
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780735278202

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The new novel from the master storyteller is his best in years. Brilliantly McEwan, richly entertaining, a moving love story and a mystery--yet for all its gripping plotline one of the most morally layered novels written for our times, as it carries us into a provocatively real alternative history and the profound challenges of Artificial Intelligence. Set in 1980s London, the story revolves around Charlie: young and reckless, and in love with his upstairs neighbour, the enchanting Miranda whose hidden, murky past hangs between them. He has spent his inheritance on the acquisition of one of twenty-five highly developed new robotic humans--named Adam or Eve, each one beautiful, strong and clever--developed by Alan Turing after his success on the legendary WW2 Enigma codebreaking machine. As London is consumed by the huge protests over England and Argentina's Falklands War and Margaret Thatcher's jingoistic ambitions, Charlie courts Miranda, and his Adam finds himself, inevitably, central to their affair. Great novelist that he is, McEwan pulls us into the question of what it means to love, what makes us human in our fast-changing times, what might follow if a machine understands too well the human heart, and how precarious a construct is the world we live in and think we know.

AI Narratives

AI Narratives
Author: Stephen Cave,Kanta Dihal,Sarah Dillon
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2020-02-28
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9780198846666

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This book is the first to examine the history of imaginative thinking about intelligent machines. As real Artificial Intelligence (AI) begins to touch on all aspects of our lives, this long narrative history shapes how the technology is developed, deployed and regulated. It is therefore a crucial social and ethical issue. Part I of this book provides a historical overview from ancient Greece to the start of modernity. These chapters explore the revealing pre-history of key concerns of contemporary AI discourse, from the nature of mind and creativity to issues of power and rights, from the tension between fascination and ambivalence to investigations into artificial voices and technophobia. Part II focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first-centuries in which a greater density of narratives emerge alongside rapid developments in AI technology. These chapters reveal not only how AI narratives have consistently been entangled with the emergence of real robotics and AI, but also how they offer a rich source of insight into how we might live with these revolutionary machines. Through their close textual engagements, these chapters explore the relationship between imaginative narratives and contemporary debates about AI's social, ethical and philosophical consequences, including questions of dehumanization, automation, anthropomorphisation, cybernetics, cyberpunk, immortality, slavery, and governance. The contributions, from leading humanities and social science scholars, show that narratives about AI offer a crucial epistemic site for exploring contemporary debates about these powerful new technologies.

Animals Machines and AI

Animals  Machines  and AI
Author: Erika Quinn,Holly Yanacek
Publsiher: de Gruyter
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2021-11-08
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 3110753669

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Sentient animals, machines, and robots abound in German literature and culture; they have carried complex cultural and emotional meanings as heuristic tools to interrogate the essence of being human. This volume extends interdisciplinary emotions re