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              Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

              Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe (Hardback)

              By Yonck, Richard

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              For readers of Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking, an epic journey through the intelligent universe. With the ongoing advancement of AI and other technologies, our world is becoming increasingly intelligent. From chatbots to innovations in brain-computer interfaces to the possibilit...y of superintelligences leading to the Singularity later this century, our reality is being transformed before our eyes. This is commonly seen as the natural result of progress, but what if there's more to it than that? What if intelligence is an inevitability, an underlying property of the universe? In Future Minds, Richard Yonck challenges our assumptions about intelligence--what it is, how it came to exist, its place in the development of life on Earth and possibly throughout the cosmos. Taking a Big History perspective--over the 14 billion years from the Big Bang to the present and beyond--he draws on recent developments in physics and complexity theory to explore the questions: Why do pockets of increased complexity develop, giving rise to life, intelligence, and civilization? How will it grow and change throughout this century, transforming both technology and humanity? As we expand outward from our planet, will we discover other forms of intelligence, or will we conclude we are destined to go it alone? Any way we look at it, the nature of intelligence in the universe is becoming a central concern for humanity. Ours. Theirs. And everything in between.
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              ISBN 9781948924382
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2020
              Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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              Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

              Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Yonck, Richard; Foreword by el Kaliouby, Rana

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              For Readers of Ray Kurzweil and Michio Kaku, a New Look at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence Imagine a robotic stuffed animal that can read and respond to a child's emotional state, a commercial that can recognize and change based on a customer's facial expression, or a... company that can actually create feelings as though a person were experiencing them naturally. Heart of the Machine explores the next giant step in the relationship between humans and technology: the ability of computers to recognize, respond to, and even replicate emotions. Computers have long been integral to our lives, and their advances continue at an exponential rate. Many believe that artificial intelligence equal or superior to human intelligence will happen in the not-too-distance future; some even think machine consciousness will follow. Futurist Richard Yonck argues that emotion, the first, most basic, and most natural form of communication, is at the heart of how we will soon work with and use computers. Instilling emotions into computers is the next leap in our centuries-old obsession with creating machines that replicate humans. But for every benefit this progress may bring to our lives, there is a possible pitfall. Emotion recognition could lead to advanced surveillance, and the same technology that can manipulate our feelings could become a method of mass control. And, as shown in movies like Her and Ex Machina, our society already holds a deep-seated anxiety about what might happen if machines could actually feel and break free from our control. Heart of the Machine is an exploration of the new and inevitable ways in which mankind and technology will interact.
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              ISBN 9781950691111
              Released NZ 1 Mar 2020
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              Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

              Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence (Hardback)

              By Yonck, Richard

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              For Readers of Ray Kurzweil and Michio Kaku, a New Look at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence

              ISBN 9781628727333
              Released NZ 1 May 2017
              Publisher NewSouth Books
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