Stuart Russell – Human Compatible

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Human Compatible by Stuart Russell.

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 his own 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. Here Russell shows how 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 listen to understand a future that is coming sooner than we think.

Author: Stuart Russell
Narrator: Raphael Corkhill
Duration: 11 hours 38 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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A beautifully delivered narration of a great book. Stuart provides a clear understanding of the origins of AI, why we need to control its development and in trying to explain the problems with developing a general AI system actually gives a very detailed description of what makes us human and why it would be extremely difficult to emulate intelligence.

A very good listen and would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in computer science, AI, philosophy or the future of technology.