With the success of Ray Kurzweil's bestseller The Singularity is Near, the Singularity is now a topic of conversation, worldwide. But how will it impact our lives? And what should we be doing now?
The Singularity is a possible outcome of Moore's Law, the observation that computing power is exponentially increasing. Eventually artificial intelligence-on its own or integrated with the human brain-will dramatically dwarf current human intelligence. At that point, civilization will transform into something beyond our current comprehension-the Singularity.
The coming of the Singularity is now anticipated by many of the leading thinkers in Silicon Valley, with excitement by some and trepidation by others. But passively waiting for the Singularity isn't your only option.
Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World focuses on the implications of a future society faced with the Singularity. James D. Miller, an economics professor and Singularity scholar, reveals how natural selection has been increasing human intelligence over the past few thousand years. He offers predictions about the economic implications of the coming changes and practical career and investment advice on flourishing on the way to the Singularity.
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About the Author
James D. Miller is an associate professor of economics at Smith College and was a speaker at the 2008 Singularity Summit. He has a JD from Stanford where he was on Law Review and a PhD from the University of Chicago where his dissertation advisor was a Nobel Prize winner. He is a columnist for BetterInvesting Magazine and regularly wrote for CNBC.com during the tech bubble. The Singularity Institute called Miller’s work “important” and relevant to its core mission.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Rise of the Robots
Chapter 1 Exponentially Improving Hardware 3
Chapter 2 Where Might the Software Come From? 7
Chapter 3 Unfriendly Al Terrifies Me 21
Chapter 4 A Friendly Explosion 35
Chapter 5 Military Death Race 47
Chapter 6 Businesses' Al Race 55
Part 2 We Become Smarter, Even Without Al
Chapter 7 What IQ Tells You 63
Chapter 8 Evolution and Past Intelligence Enhancements 75
Chapter 9 Increasing IQ Through Genetic Manipulation 83
Chapter 10 Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs 101
Chapter 11 Brain Training 113
Chapter 12 International Competition in Human-Intelligence Enhancements 119
Part 3 Economic Implications
Chapter 13 Making Us Obsolete? 131
Chapter 14 How Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs Might Impact the Economy 155
Chapter 15 Inequality Falling 165
Chapter 16 Preparing for the Singularity 175
Chapter 17 What Might Derail the Singularity? 197
Chapter 18 Singularity Watch 209