Artificial Superintelligence

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9789963842100: Artificial Superintelligence

What is the ultimate objective of humanity? Increasingly, it promises to be the same as the final cause of Artificial Intelligence: to build artifacts with superhuman reason or to create machine superintelligences.

The book is committed to proving the thesis that powerful artificial intelligences will be realized in 21st-century computing technologies only when the theory of pure intelligence is constructed.

Reconsidering the fundamentals of reality and machine intelligence, the author argues that such theory presupposes development of a unified theory of reality representing its essential principles and general laws (physical, mental, social, and technological) as a single symbolism common to all domains of the world.

In the book it is cogently shown that to make the ultra-intelligent systems comprehending all substantial knowledge about the worlds of nature, mind, society, and technology, it is necessary to take the fundamental way: Theory of Reality - Mathematical Symbolism - (AI) Science - (AI) Practice, Technology.

Following this way, synthesizing the topmost categories of reality, the idea of pure intelligence, the major constructs and facts of science and mathematics, the author proposed a fundamental and programmable theory of powerfully intelligent machines.

The book persuasively proves that for building the ultra-intelligent artifacts there is hardly any other way except by synthesizing the highest intellectual achievements of the collective human minds in philosophy, science and mathematics and then embodying the symbolized universal knowledge into computing machines.

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Will we design our replacements? Can we create something greater than ourselves? Russian philosopher Azamat Abdoullaev takes on these big questions as challenges, and attempts to lay the foundation for rigorous answers in Artificial Superintelligence. His wide range of knowledge encompasses physics, metaphysics, linguistics, psychology, and more--as it must to field such questions so optimistically. He argues not merely that we can build such superhuman machines, but that it is inevitable, and he hopes to hurry us along by encouraging us to think more clearly about what we are doing.

His ultimate thesis is that these superintelligences will require a "theory of everything"--a theory that we are now, of course, sorely missing--in order to surpass us. This theory, a secular grail for modern scientists, will fill in the gaps of our understanding of physical reality; that done [ahem], we can bestow our machines with a framework for understanding the world around them much more sensibly than the set of intuitive kludges we're currently stuck with.

Though Abdoullaev sacrifices readability for precision and completeness throughout, his work still deserves a look from those scientists and lay readers interested in the prospects of artificial intelligence. He takes time to consider our theories of mind and language and how we must adapt them to physical reality in order to build true AI. This fresh, broad look at the nature of human intelligence and its successors should open more than a few eyes and launch some new threads of research. --Rob Lightner

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