Michio Kaku (1947 – ) is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York of City University of New York. He is the co-founder of string field theory and a popularizer of science. Continue reading Summary of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Prototype humanoid robots at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Osaka, Japan
There has been a lot of discussion about the rise of intelligent machines in the last year. Here are 4 recent books about the subject with a brief description of each.
Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, by James Barrat:
At the heart of filmmaker Barrat’s book is the prophecy of the British mathematician I.J. Good, a colleague of Alan Turing. Good reasoned that once machines become more intelligent than humans, then the machines would design other machines leading to an intelligence explosion that would leave humans far behind. Is this true? What Barrat finds is that almost half of experts in the field expect intelligent machines within 15 years, and a large majority expect them shortly thereafter. Barrett concludes that this intelligence explosion will lead almost immediately to the singularity, although we have no idea what these machines will do.
Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress, by Charles T Rubin: