Edge Books

Edge Books

John Brockman [10.6.15]

What to Think About Machines That Think

Edge Annual Question Series


STEVEN PINKER consideres the internal metal life of robots * FRANK TIPLER explains how artificial intelligence (AI) will save humanity and colonize space * MARTIN REES explores why humans are merely an evolutionary stage on the path to a machine-dominated world * NICHOLAS CARR examines the challenges of maintaining control over machines * DANIEL C. DENNETT identifies the true danger of the coming technological "singularity" * Nobel Prize winner FRANK WILCZEK asserts that all intelligence is machine intelligence * musician BRIAN ENO suggests that human society remains our most powerful supercomputer * GEORGE DYSON argues that genuine creative thinking will always be analog, not digital * ALISON GOPNIK asks whether machines will ever be as smart as a three-year-old * RICHARD THALERthinks human stupidity will always impede artifical intelligence * Wired founder KEVIN KELLYcalls AIs an "alien intelligence" * plus contributions from Nobel Prize winner JOHN C. MATHER, MATT RIDLEY, FREEMAN DYSON, DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, HELEN FISHER, SAM HARRIS, GEORGE CHURCH, HANS ULRICH OBRIST, ESTHER DYSON, NICK BOSTROM, and others.



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Pulitzer Prize winner EDWARD O. WILSON reveals what ants can teach us about building a superorganism—and, in turn, about how cells build an organism * Harvard University’s DANIEL LIEBERMAN reports on long-distance running and the evolution of the human body * The Selfish Gene author RICHARD DAWKINS and genetics pioneer J. CRAIG VENTER compare genes to digital information, and sketch the frontiers of genomic research * Yale evolutionary ornithologist RICHARD PRUM explains what bird mating rituals can teach us about the evolution of aesthetic beauty * Nobel Prize–winning chemist KARY MULLIS covers cutting-edge immune treatments for dangerous viruses * DAVID HAIG, professor of biology at Harvard, reports new findings on genomic imprinting: how inherited genes can be expressed differently depending on whether they come from the mother or father * Princeton physicist FREEMAN DYSONexplores whether the biological processes of life are analog or digital * Stanford professor of bioengineering DREW ENDY asks how we can make living organisms easier to engineer, and whether we should * Futurist and author of The Singularity Is Near RAY KURZWEIL describes new biotechnologies that have the potential to greatly expand the human life span . . . and more.