A New York Times bestseller
Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity... View details
We begin by looking back. History, at the largest scale, seems to exhibit a sequence of distinct growth modes, each much more rapid than its predecessor. This pattern has been taken to suggest that an...
"Startling in scope and bravado." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world." -Los Angeles Times
"Elaborate, smart and persuasive." -The Boston Globe
"A pleasure to read." -The Wall Street Journal... View details
I am not sure when I first became aware of the Singularity. I’d have to say it was a progressive awakening. In the almost half century that I’ve immersed myself in computer and related technologies, I...
Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical stru... View details
Like an ostrich with its head in the sand, we humans have repeatedly assumed that all we could see was all that existed, hubristically imagining ourselves at the center of everything. In our quest to ...
Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live, work, wage war, play, seek a mate, educate our young, and care for our elderly.
It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our... View details
From Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act
"Moving. . . . Masterly . . . provocative." -The New York Times Book Review
"A feat of literary sorcery." -O, The Oprah Magazine
"[A] careful... View details
It was religious yearning granted hope, it was the holy grail of science. Our ambitions ran high and low—for a creation myth made real, for a monstrous act of self-love. As soon as it was feasible, we...
With a New Afterword
Must We Age?
Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most b... View details
"A deft, informative, and often screamingly funny primer on the ways that machine learning can (and often does) go wrong." -Margaret Harris, Physics World
"You look like a thing and I love you" is one of the best pickup lines ever…according to an ar... View details
To spot an AI in the wild, it’s important to know the difference between machine learning algorithms (what we’re calling AI in this book) and traditional (what programmers call rules-based) programs. ...
Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?... View details
Based on the rates of correct guesses—and rigorous mathematical analysis—Shannon determined that the information content of typical written English was 1.0 to 1.2 bits per letter. This means that a go...
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's ... View details
Some people fear that today we are again in mortal danger of massive volcanic eruptions or colliding asteroids. Hollywood producers make billions out of these anxieties. Yet in reality, the danger is ...
The instant New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universe-and how we understand it.
"Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative."-The New York Times
"A tour de force."-Salon... View details
In the old Road Runner cartoons, Wile E. Coyote would frequently find himself running off the edge of a cliff. But he wouldn’t, as our experience with gravity might lead us to expect, start falling to...