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Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds [Paperback]

Russell Blackford , Damien Broderick
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1 Aug 2014
Intelligence Unbound explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state–of–the–art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists. Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest Illuminates the nature and ethics of tomorrow’s machine minds—and of the convergence of humans and machines—to consider the pros and cons of a variety of intriguing possibilities Considers classic philosophical puzzles as well as the latest topics debated by scholars Covers a wide range of viewpoints and arguments regarding the prospects of uploading and machine intelligence, including proponents and skeptics, pros and cons

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118736281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118736289
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“These engrossing reflections on the plausibility of advanced AI and uploading inspire a wealth of profound questions about who or what we believe ourselves to be."  Wendell Wallach, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics “If humanity survives for thirty years, the topic of this book may be the most important there is. The book is readable, fun and stuffed with expertise. So read it.” David Braddon–Mitchell, University of Sydney

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Someday in the not–too–distant future, the greatest minds on Earth might be intelligent machines – conventional or quantum logic programs running on immensely powerful and ever smaller computers. But can human minds bound by biology possibly keep up? And will such artificial or enhanced minds turn against humanity, or will they join us in the search for deeper understanding and meaning? Might our own minds be uploaded into “machines of loving grace” – albeit ones working at the speed of light? These provocative questions are addressed in Intelligence Unbound , a collection of state–of–the–art essays that explore the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds. By deeply probing the nature and ethics of tomorrow’s machine minds – and the possible convergence of humans and machines – the essays consider a variety of intriguing possibilities that could emerge from the inexorable advances of science and engineering. The essays are contributed by a wide range of innovative thinkers, including top scholars in the philosophy of consciousness, experts in AI development, and neuroscientists.  All provide intriguing insights – with the occasional dash of skepticism – into the realms of machine intelligence and uploaded minds. Scholarly and thought–provoking, Intelligence Unbound offers a serious and sobering glimpse into the possible future of humankind and machine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars A (mostly) good collection of papers about uploading. 17 July 2014
By Michael A. Cerullo - Published on
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Overall a good introduction to the topic of uploading. Many of the important names in uploading have chapters in the book so it is a good place to start to get to know the field. Like any edited book the chapters are hit or miss but overall the quality is pretty good. Of note is that I had the Kindle edition and there were no formatting concerns.

Introduction I: Machines of Loving Grace (Let’s Hope) Damien Broderick
--Well written introduction

Introduction II: Bring on the Machines
Russell Blackford
--Less well written introduction, but still worth reading

1 How Conscience Apps and Caring Computers will Illuminate and Strengthen Human Morality
James J. Hughes
– I like James Hughes but this chapter is about Apps for iphones and has nothing to do with uploading. Skip it unless you like the topic.

2 Threshold Leaps in Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Michael Anissimov
--Not about uploading, but about AI. Nevertheless it is worth reading and has a very interesting scenario of the emergence of accelerating AI.

3 Who Knows Anything about Anything about AI?
Stuart Armstrong and Seán ÓhÉigeartaigh
– Very interesting systematic look at predictions made in AI. Again nothing to do with uploading but worth reading.

4 Nine Ways to Bias Open-Source Artificial General Intelligence Toward FriendlinessBen Goertzel and Joel Pitt
– Long and at time dry chapter on ways to make AI human friendly. Nothing to do with AI, skip it if you don't really like the topic.

5 Feasible Mind Uploading Randal A. Koene
-- Randal Koene is one of the leading experts on the science of uploading so he is someone to pay attention to. The chapter was a little dry but worth reading.

6 Uploading: A Philosophical Analysis David J. Chalmers
--David Chalmers is the leading philosopher of mind and one of the great thinkers of out time. This chapter is basically a copy of the parts of his paper The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis that have to do with uploading. You would be better off reading the paper as the editing job was a little sloppy and you can find it for free along with the rest of his papers at his website.

7 Mind Uploading: A Philosophical Counter-Analysis Massimo Pigliucci
--Very weak counter to Chalmers chapter taking Searle's biological theories of consciousness as fact. Searle's biological argument is actually very weak and probably incoherent but it is worth knowing the other side of the uploading arguments.

8 If You Upload, Will You Survive? Joseph Corabi and Susan Schneider
Another counter to Chalmers uploading chapter, very weak arguments but worth reading to get a different perspective.

9 On the Prudential Irrationality of Mind Uploading Nicholas Agar
--Very weak chapter, he states uploading is not better than embalming at preserving identity but has no real arguments.

10 Uploading and Personal Identity Mark Walker
--Probably the best chapter in the book regarding uploading and personal identity, worth getting the book for this alone.

11 Whole Brain Emulation: Invasive vs. Non-Invasive Methods Naomi Wellington
--Written by a graduate student and it shows. Don't waste your time on this one, needs a lot of editing and revision before it could turn into a coherent argument.

12 The Future of Identity: Implications, Challenges, and Complications of Human/Machine Consciousness
Kathleen Ann Goonan
--I guess ever book needs one piece of complete post modern nonsense and this is that piece.

13 Practical Implications of Mind Uploading Joe Strout
Rather mundane predictions about what will be possible after uploading, especially after reading the chapter on Qualia Surfing.

14 The Values and Directions of Uploaded Minds Nicole Olson
Another mundane chapter on values and other predictions of uploads by someone with a very limited imagination.

15 The Enhanced Carnality of Post-Biological Life Max More
– Max More runs Alcor Cryogenics. An interesting chapter arguing for life extension to counter the nonsense in chapter 9 and 18.

16 Qualia Surfing Richard Loosemore
– Great chapter on the possibilities of uploading, enough seeds in this chapter for a generation of sci fi novels.

17 Design of Life Expansion and the Human Mind
Natasha Vita-More
– Poorly written, not about uploading and after reading it I have no idea what the point was. Skip this.

18 Against Immortality: Why Death is Better than the Alternative Iain Thomson and James Bodington
– The usual rationalization of people trying to talk themselves into accepting that death is good. It's not, so skip this chapter unless you want to your intelligence insulted.

19 The Pinocchio Syndrome and the Prosthetic Impulse Victor Grech
– This chapter has nothing to do with uploading. It is all over the place but has some interesting discussions of AI examining cases from science fiction, mainly star trek and I actually enjoyed reading it.

20 Being Nice to Software Animals and Babies Anders Sandberg
--- Sandberg may be the number one thinker on uploading and the odd title aside this is a great chapter on the ethics of uploads. If we are smart, we will follow Sandberg's ethical guidelines. If not, we can't really blame the machines for rebelling ...

21 What Will It Be Like To Be an Emulation? Robin Hanson
--Very interesting and thoughtful chapter about life as an upload.

Afterword Linda MacDonald Glenn
--Boring 2 paragraph summary of each chapter, don't bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books on Mind Uploading and Whole Brain Emulation together with Bostrom's Superintelligence 18 Aug 2014
By Greg Mattheis - Published on
This is one of the most informative and interesting collection of essays on Mind Uploading and Whole Brain Emulation. It makes a best gift to anyone interested in artificial intelligence, its philosophical and technological consequences, together with Nick Bostrom's "Superintelligence" and Stuart Armstrong's "Smarter than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence".
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