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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Human Compatible by Stuart Russell.   

Creating superior intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, according to the world's pre-eminent AI expert, it could also be the last. In this groundbreaking book on the biggest question facing humanity, Stuart Russell explains why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to his own species, and lays out how we can change course before it's too late. There is no one better placed to assess the promise and perils of the dominant technology of the future than Russell, who has spent decades at the forefront of AI research. 

Through brilliant analogies and crisp, lucid prose, he explains how AI actually works, how it has an enormous capacity to improve our lives - but why we must ensure that we never lose control of machines more powerful than we are. Here Russell shows how we can avert the worst threats by reshaping the foundations of AI to guarantee that machines pursue our objectives, not theirs. 

Profound, urgent and visionary, Human Compatible is the one book everyone needs to listen to understand a future that is coming sooner than we think.

©2019 Stuart Russell (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Prescient and prophetic

Masterfully crafted. At once laying waste to common myths and raising concerns few of us have thought of. Brilliant book.

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interesting listen

enioyable look into AI problems, a lot of issues I never even thought about.

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  • Stephan
  • 08-01-2020

Fantastic Listen

A beautifully delivered narration of a great book. Stuart provides a clear understanding of the origins of AI, why we need to control its development and in trying to explain the problems with developing a general AI system actually gives a very detailed description of what makes us human and why it would be extremely difficult to emulate intelligence.

A very good listen and would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in computer science, AI, philosophy or the future of technology.

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  • Mike
  • 14-01-2021

Disaster.

When a book starts from: when I was a child my parents... Seriously?! We are not interested in your childhood as you can write your autobiography. This book should be about AI. Author is talking how frequently he flies, attends fancy-schmantzy conferences... This is a really bad book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2020

Enjoyable, entertaining

Great book - good balance of accessible and informative. Narrator tone and intonation often unsuitable and distracting though. Incorrect/misleading word emphasis sometimes makes sentences difficult to follow/understand, or changes their meaning entirely. You get used to it. And one or two amusing passages

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  • Mr. A. B.
  • 03-05-2021

best Artificial Intelligence reference book

This book takes the reader through a detailed but overall analysis of the AI development, the fears that many people have towards the AI and the potential benefits. The reader will be much more knowledgeable about the core sets of arguments in the AI discourse today.

This is a far-reaching book, a reference book potentially for hundreds of years to come, allowing the listener the space to think, disgusting some of challenges both technical and philosophical and provides a bedrock of research on which the book is based.

Whether your interest is in becoming an AI specialist or you simply wish to understand a little bit more about this very controversial topic of the day you rest assured that this book will bring you and the historical development and perspectives on various generations prior 2021 and the forthcoming arrived illusions that is anticipated by everyone.

if you are a parent, a teacher of philosophy or citizenship or anywhere in that spectrum, a computer scientist or a beginner in the ar world, then this book is for you.

As a parent you should be able to expose your child to these ideas in small doses of course.

As a teacher you should be including in your program the ideas discussed in this book of course ensuring the right level of detail for the right audience but none the less the topics discussed in this book essential for most people to be aware of.

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