‘Superintelligence’ enjoyable read

“Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 390 pages, $29.95. “Machines matching humans in general intelligence – that is, possessing common sense and an effective ability to learn, reason and plan to meet complex information-processing challenges across a wide range of natural and abstract domains – have been expected since the invention of computers in the 1940s,” Nick Bostrom explains near the beginning of “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” his new treatise on the evolving capabilities of the digital-networked devices we have at our disposal. “At that time, the advent of such machines was often placed some 20 years into the future. Since then, the expected arrival date has been receding at a rate of one year per year; so that today, futurists who concern…

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