Superintelligence reading group

September 4, 2014

Nick Bostrom’s eagerly awaited Superintelligence is due to be published in the U.S. this week, and MIRI will be running an online reading group where you can join with others to ask questions, discuss ideas, and probe the arguments more deeply, according to MIRI research assistant Katja Grace.

As Oxford University Press notes, “Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us?…  If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful — possibly beyond our control.”

The reading group will “meet” on a weekly post on the LessWrong discussion forum,” starting Sept. 15.

“For each ‘meeting’, we will read about half a chapter of Superintelligence, then come together virtually to discuss,” says Grace. “I’ll summarize the chapter, and offer a few relevant notes, thoughts, and ideas for further investigation.”

More info here.