JIM HULL Asks...

ARE WE OBSOLETE?

 

Sooner than we think, smart machines will take our places at work and shake up the world we live in. We think of ourselves as the top of the mental food chain, but that may not last! Already, machines can outplay us at chess, perform surgeries, manage airports, design buildings, and act in films. Soon they'll be able to compete with us in nearly every field. Will this cause mass layoffs and rioting in the streets? Or will these mechanical geniuses usher in a paradise of wealth and leisure for us all?

Jim Hull's book -- Are Humans Obsolete? -- takes you on a witty, no-holds-barred tour of the next few decades, where machines will do everything we can, and do it better... yet we can take the advantage! Part One is a take-no-prisoners march through this strange future, with insights on ways we can stay in control and not get left behind. Part Two presents a clear-eyed look at our high-tech "culture of adolescence" and how to outgrow it... puts the spotlight on the confusing jumble of modern media and suggests how to make sense of all the shouting... and does color commentary on the battle between science and religion -- with a surprising twist on who may win.

Jim Hull is an author and lecturer with a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a firm believer that we should face facts squarely -- and then find ways to turn those facts to our advantage.

 

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