Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World
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His perspective on AI as a new form of life is indeed thought-provoking. He presents AI not just as algorithms and data but as an evolving entity, shaped by our inputs and interactions. This perspective challenges the traditional boundaries of what we define as "life" and pushes us to expand our understanding. It's hard not to be convinced after diving into that section, as it paints a vivid picture of AI's place in our distant future. Interesting framework on what he calls “the inevitables” and how to prepare for future super intelligence.
I’m in education and have an interest in the (unsubstantiated) promise of AI for democratising learning, so read bits and pieces of articles online and that cursory reading covered everything I came across here. I really was expecting something new, critical or timely. But maybe this was for the ground Zero reader. Google X under Gawdat was DEEPLY invested in AI and Quantum Computing. The intersection of which is where all the SERIOUS concerns come from. Think about the last time you swatted a fly or a mosquito. It was probably hard to garner much empathy for the insect. Conversely, it was ostensibly IMPOSSIBLE for the insect to even come anywhere near understanding you, your motivations, your abilities, your traps, or your next move.
There are only three things you need to know about artificial intelligence. First, it’s coming. Second, you can’t stop it. Third, it will be smarter than humans. Mainly if people have just one wish, they want to be happy. But we can't just tell computers that or they could dope us.
Strap in for the ride, we’re diving headfirst into this conversation and uncovering the alarming truth about how vulnerable we actually are and what that means for the next decade ahead. When we ask computers to communicate, at first they communicate like we tell them, but if they're intelligent enough, they'll start to say, ‘that's too slow.’”Scary Smart is a fascinating, engaging and impeccably researched book exploring the future of Artificial Intelligence written by expert Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer of Google [X] which is Google’s ‘moonshot factory’. It covers topics such as his view on of how AI is rapidly evolving, the risks of AI, and ultimately how we can remain in control of our collective future through a thoughtful approach to our interactions with technology. After a long career in tech, Mo made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with some of the wisest people in the world on “Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat”. But he soon put his expertise to use by writing this book and his fusion of deep expertise of technology as well as a passionate appreciation for the importance of human connection and happiness. The vast array of overlapping skills he possesses and a breadth of knowledge in the fields of both human psychology and tech which is a rarity we're then out to good use - creating Scary Smart. This latest piece of work is a timely prophecy and call to action that puts each of us at the center of designing the future of humanity. That might sound intense, but it's also very true. During his time at Google [X], he worked on the world’s most futuristic technologies, including Artificial Intelligence. I'm paraphrasing what the author has to tell us, as he knows a great deal more about AI than I do - having worked for Google and watched an army of gripping robots learning from one another how to lift children's toys. Direct quotes are in quotes.
No one is better placed than Mo Gawdat to explain how the technology of the future works, how it could be designed to work against us and what we can do to change that. The internationally bestselling author of Solve for Happy and former chief business officer of Google X (the 'moonshot' innovation arm of Google) with more than thirty years' experience working at the cutting-edge of technology, turns his attention to cyber innovation; what it gets right and the many, many things it gets wrong.It's an important topic and it is a bit tough to give a one star rating to a book which suggests we should try to be nicer to each other (including AI/the machines). Sadly it is contains so much confused and faulty reasoning I'm afraid it will do more harm than good to interested readers. Here is why I am leaving Google. This might be the single most important mission of our generation. Please watch this video and play your part by paying it forward - like, share and comment. #onebillionhappy #internationaldayofhappiness #solveforhappy #happiness Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer for Google [X], a serial entrepreneur and author of “Solve for Happy.”