Human Compatible

£10.99

Humans dream of super-intelligent machines. But what happens if we actually succeed? Creating superior intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, according to the world’s pre-eminent AI expert, it could also be the last. In this groundbreaking book on the biggest question facing humanity, Stuart Russell explains why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to our species, and lays out how we can change course before it’s too late. There is no one better placed to assess the promise and perils of the dominant technology of the future than Russell, who has spent decades at the forefront of AI research. Through brilliant analogies and crisp, lucid prose, he explains how AI actually works, how it has an enormous capacity to improve our lives – but why we must ensure that we never lose control of machines more powerful than we are.

ISBN: 9780141987507 Author: Russell, Stuart J. Publisher: Penguin Books Publication Date: 30th April 2020 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 006.3 (edition:23) Pages: 336 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

FROM THE BBC REITH LECTURER 2021

‘The most important book I have read in quite some time’ Daniel Kahneman; ‘A must-read’ Max Tegmark; ‘The book we’ve all been waiting for’ Sam Harris

Humans dream of super-intelligent machines. But what happens if we actually succeed?

Creating superior intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, according to the world’s pre-eminent AI expert, it could also be the last.

In this groundbreaking book, Stuart Russell sets out why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to humanity, and how we can change course before it’s too late. In brilliant and lucid prose, he explains how AI actually works and its enormous capacity to improve our lives – and why we must never lose control of machines more powerful than we are. Russell contends that we can avert the worst threats by reshaping the foundations of AI to guarantee that machines pursue our objectives, not theirs. Profound, urgent and visionary, Human Compatible is the one book everyone needs to read to understand a future that is coming sooner than we think.

LONGLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES & McKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Thought-provoking’ Financial Times

‘Fascinating and significant’ Sunday Times

‘The most important book on AI this year’ Guardian

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