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The fourth age : smart robots, conscious computers, and the future of humanity

by Reese, Byron,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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" The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging." -- The New York Times

As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species.

In The Fourth Age , Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history:

- 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language.

- 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare.

- 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state.

We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and how --rather than what --we should think about the topics we'll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity.

By asking questions like "Are you a machine?" and "Could a computer feel anything?", Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they'll transform humanity.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Why do experts so often have wildly differing opinions on the subjects of artificial intelligence (some fear it, some welcome it), automation (some say it spells the end of the human workforce, others say it's fine), and computer consciousness (some say it's inevitable, others say it's impossible)? In this quite readable book, a technology entrepreneur deconstructs the core beliefs that undergird the various views on robots, jobs, AI, and consciousness. To show how those beliefs have evolved, he traces the history of humanity, arguing that there have only been three periods of transformative change in our development. A fourth age, he believes, is upon us, and, as it unfolds, we will see that, finally, human beings and such advanced technologies as artificial intelligence and robotics can achieve a peaceful coexistence. Overall, this is a timely, highly informative, and certainly optimistic book. Most readers will share that optimism, though there are moments as Reese delineates the stumbling blocks to be overcome that readers holding more traditional core beliefs may find themselves shuddering just a bit.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Artificial intelligence -- Forecasting.
Artificial intelligence -- Social aspects.
Robotics -- Forecasting.
Robotics -- Social aspects.
Technological forecasting.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First Atria books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xi, 320 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781501158568
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