The Singularity is Coming - The Artificial Intelligence Explosion

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This ‘fact-fiction’ book is about THE SINGULARITY, and the resulting Artificial Intelligence Explosion. A singularity is a one way event, something which cannot be reversed. The event explored in this book is Artificial General Intelligence; how its runaway consequences will change our way of life… completely. Will we be ready for it? More

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About Tony Thorne MBE

I am an Englishman, born and technically educated in London, England, and now living in Austria; but in the winter, in the warmer Canary Island of Tenerife. I originally qualified as a Chartered Design Engineer, specializing in Applied Physics products.
For developments in the field of low temperature (cryo)surgery instruments, and very high temperature (carbon fibre) processing furnaces, the Queen awarded me an MBE.
Earlier in life I also wrote and sold science-fiction and humorous stories, was an active SF Fan, and a spare time lecturer for the British Interplanetary Society., now retired I write of quirky speculative fiction; mostly tall Science Fiction and Macabre tales, with over 100 short stories published in various collections. The first 3 volumes in my near future SF series, POINTS OF VIEW, have been acquired by Eternal Press, Madison, Wisconsin for general readers, but especially young adults. My best selling, THE SINGULARITY IS COMING, book is published in English and Chinese versions.

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Introduction - Book was originally an introduction to my ROBOTS INCLUDED collection, then it grew into a book as I explored the subject of where AI is heading. The latest version is featured.

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Review by: Larak Jhampa on Sep. 26, 2014 :
This is a futuristic or dystopian fiction ebook, but calling it 'science fiction' would be an insult because the assertions author makes are not just idle speculations a science fiction writer makes in his cocoon, but rather stuff which are backed by solid proof gleaned from the present. After reading this ebook, I would not be surprised if a Terminator-like creature is really invented someday. In fact, the seeds of the same are being sown right at present, as the author says; the machines which we find helpful today may metamorphose into something more powerful which can think and act on their own with little human help (to illustrate his point, the author gives an example of a machine which can beat even the world champions at the game of chess).

Yes, I believe this and many other strange things that the author mentions CAN happen. However, I am not as paranoid as the author sounds. I believe that whatever may come in future, goodness and virtue will always take over the evil (no, I am not hopelessly optimistic; I draw this conclusion from my life experiences). We certainly cannot control the future fully, but we can always hope for the best.

I would still suggest that you read it because it is good to be aware of what the future holds for us (the bright and not-so-bright stuff). The writing style is not full of jargon but written in simple and straightforward language any layman can decipher easily without a dictionary by his side. The story of Clayton included in here was interesting, as was the recommended reading list. I couldn't however, give it 5-stars due to its somewhat pessimistic tone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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