This elegant book by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom ignited a worldwide discussion about what ‘thinking machines’ will mean for humanity.
Conversations about machines acting on their own tend to converge on one point, which Bostrom compactly calls ‘the control problem’. What will be our response if sentient machines and humans reach a ‘misalignment of values’? Who, or
Bostrum is the founding director of the Future of Life Insitute at Oxford University, where he is in the Faculty of Philosophy. He is a frequent guest speaker and author of more than 200 papers and texts.
Countless other books about AI followed this one yet none are as clear-eyed about the moral issues ahead.
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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS | 2014
by Nick Bostrum
Review by Andrew Cochran | November 2018