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J Storrs Hall

Beyond AI

The idea of a robot turning on it's creator is popular in fiction, but how likely is this scenario in reality? In Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine J Storrs Hall looks at where Artificial Intelligence is going, and at what we should do to ensure that it is beneficial to humanity.

Hall looks at some of the history of AI, showing how creating machines to imitate humans often turns out to be much harder than expected. But computer power is increasing all of the time, and he argues that sooner or later computers will have a level of ability exceeding that of a human. He looks at some of the tasks that need to be mastered by such a computer, such as understanding human language, and discusses some of the ways that this might be implemented - does everything need to be put into the program at the start, or could the program learn in the same way as we do? Hall goes on to look at what the future is likely to bring, and at how we will fit in when machines are able to run everything for us (or for them). The book concludes with a discussion of how we might give artificial intelligences a moral sense, and at what status we should ascribe to them when we do so.

There's a lot of material in this book, but I found it to be something of a jumble, although it isn't particularly technical. I wouldn't recommend it to those wanting a straightforward overview of the possible futures of AI. It would be of more benefit to those who are interested in the subject and want to tap into Hall's extensive mine of ideas.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is now advancing at such a rapid clip that it has the potential to transform our world in ways both exciting and disturbing. Computers have already been designed that are capable of driving cars, playing soccer, and finding and organizing information on the Web in ways that no human could. With each new gain in processing power, will scientists soon be able to create supercomputers that can read a newspaper with understanding, or write a news story, or create novels, or even formulate laws? And if machine intelligence advances beyond human intelligence, will we need to start talking about a computer’s intentions?

These are some of the questions discussed by computer scientist J. Storrs Hall in this fascinating layperson’s guide to the latest developments in artificial intelligence. Drawing on a thirty-year career in artificial intelligence and computer science, Hall reviews the history of AI, discussing some of the major roadblocks that the field has recently overcome, and predicting the probable achievements in the near future. There is new excitement in the field over the amazing capabilities of the latest robots and renewed optimism that achieving human-level intelligence is a reachable goal.

But what will this mean for society and the relations between technology and human beings? Soon ethical concerns will arise and programmers will need to begin thinking about the computer counterparts of moral codes and how ethical interactions between humans and their machines will eventually affect society as a whole.

Weaving disparate threads together in an enlightening manner from cybernetics, computer science, psychology, philosophy of mind, neurophysiology, game theory, and economics, Hall provides an intriguing glimpse into the astonishing possibilities and dilemmas on the horizon.