Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment (The Frontiers Collection)

May 30, 2013
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Amnon H. Eden, James H Moor, Johnny H Soraker
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Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment offers authoritative, jargon-free essays and critical commentaries on accelerating technological progress and the notion of technological singularity. It focuses on conjectures about the intelligence explosion, transhumanism, and whole brain emulation.

Recent years have seen a plethora of forecasts about the profound, disruptive impact that is likely to result from further progress in these areas. Many commentators however doubt the scientific rigor of these forecasts, rejecting them as speculative and unfounded. We therefore invited prominent computer scientists, physicists, philosophers, biologists, economists and other thinkers to assess the singularity hypotheses. Their contributions go beyond speculation, providing deep insights into the main issues and a balanced picture of the debate.

The book includes original essays and commentaries by Eric Chaisson (Harvard), Ray Kurzweil (Author), Dennis Bray (Cambridge), Vernor Vinge (San Diego), Selmer Bringsjord (RPI), Aaron Sloman (Birmingham), Illah R. Nourbakhsh (Carnegie-Mellon), Itamar Arel (Tennessee ), Eric Horvitz (AAAI & Microsoft), Luke Muehlhauser (SIAI), Bill Rapaport (SUNY Buffalo), Juergen Schmidhuber (Lugano), Robin Hanson (George Mason), Peter Bishop (Houston), Dave Pearce (BLTC) and many others.

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