Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

by James D. Miller


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936661657
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,166,886
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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 during the tech bubble. The Singularity Institute called Miller’s work “important” and relevant to its core mission.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

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

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 225

References 235

Index 245

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