Our Final Invention

Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat

By Sid Perkins, 19:00 PM September 24, 2013

Computers already make all sorts of decisions for you. With little or no human guidance, they deduce what books you would like to buy, trade your stocks and distribute electrical power. They do all this quickly and efficiently using a simple form of artificial intelligence. Now, imagine if computers controlled even more aspects of life and could truly think for themselves.

Barrat, a documentary filmmaker and author, chronicles his discussions with scientists and engineers who are developing ev...

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