Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control (Hardback)
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Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 08/10/2019
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All the more powerful and compelling for its sober, reasoned style, Human Compatible digs deep into the potential benefits and disturbing consequences of humanity's quest to perfect AI. Marshalling all Russell’s considerable expertise in the field, this is a warning to be wary of what we wish for.

Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2019

Humans dream of super-intelligent machines. But what happens if we actually succeed?

Creating superior intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, according to the world's pre-eminent AI expert, it could also be the last.

In this groundbreaking book on the biggest question facing humanity, Stuart Russell explains why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to our species, and lays out how we can change course before it's too late. There is no one better placed to assess the promise and perils of the dominant technology of the future than Russell, who has spent decades at the forefront of AI research.

Through brilliant analogies and crisp, lucid prose, he explains how AI actually works, how it has an enormous capacity to improve our lives - but why we must ensure that we never lose control of machines more powerful than we are. Here Russell shows how we can avert the worst threats by reshaping the foundations of AI to guarantee that machines pursue our objectives, not theirs.

Profound, urgent and visionary, Human Compatible is the one book everyone needs to read to understand a future that is coming sooner than we think.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241335208
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm


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'The man set on stopping the machines taking over'. - The Telegraph 

'Fascinating and significant.' - James McConnachie, The Sunday Times 

'Worth reading Human Compatible by Stuart Russell (he's great!) about future AI risks and solutions.' - Elon Musk

'This is the most important book I have read in quite some time. It lucidly explains how the coming age of artificial super-intelligence threatens human control. Crucially, it also introduces a novel solution and a reason for hope.' - Daniel Kahneman

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“Hampshire reader”

A quite good book. Earlier and later parts more interesting. Quite a lot of the assumptions on future AI use/robotic use seems fundamentally flawed since so many real world activities are not easily or economically... More

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