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              Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI

              Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brockman, John

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              Science world luminary John Brockman assembles twenty-five of the most important scientific minds, people who have been thinking about the field artificial intelligence for most of their careers, for an unparalleled round-table examination about mind, thinking, intelligence and w...hat it means to be human. Artificial intelligence is today's story--the story behind all other stories. It is the Second Coming and the Apocalypse at the same time: Good AI versus evil AI. --John Brockman More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Wiener published a book on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: we shall never receive the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions.... The hour is very late, and the choice of good and evil knocks at our door. In the wake of advances in unsupervised, self-improving machine learning, a small but influential community of thinkers is considering Wiener's words again. In Possible Minds, John Brockman gathers their disparate visions of where AI might be taking us. The fruit of the long history of Brockman's profound engagement with the most important scientific minds who have been thinking about AI--from Alison Gopnik and David Deutsch to Frank Wilczek and Stephen Wolfram--Possible Minds is an ideal introduction to the landscape of crucial issues AI presents. The collision between opposing perspectives is salutary and exhilarating; some of these figures, such as computer scientist Stuart Russell, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and physicist Max Tegmark, are deeply concerned with the threat of AI, including the existential one, while others, notably robotics entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, philosopher Daniel Dennett, and bestselling author Steven Pinker, have a very different view. Serious, searching and authoritative, Possible Minds lays out the intellectual landscape of one of the most important topics of our time.
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              ISBN 9780525558019
              Released NZ 26 Feb 2020
              Publisher Penguin
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              This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know

              This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brockman, John

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              From the bestselling editor of This Explains Everything, 206 of the world's most brilliant minds tackle Edge.org's 2017 question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?

              ISBN 9780062698216
              Released NZ 22 Jan 2018
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The net's impact on our minds and future
               

              How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The net's impact on our minds and future (EPUB ebook – Main)

              By Brockman, John; John Brockman

              A lively and eclectic sequence of more than 150 concise and intellectually challenging essays in which the world's leading thinkers reflect on how the internet has changed their modes of thought.

              ISBN 9780857892478
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              Released NZ 1 Jul 2011
              Publisher Atlantic Books
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              Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist
                

              Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist (Paperback)

              By Brockman, John

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              Was there a particular event or set of circumstances? To what extent did parents, peers of teachers contribute? Why mathematics rather than psychology; why biology rather than physics? What were the turning points, mistakes, epiphanies? This title deals with these questions.

              ISBN 9780099592877
              Released NZ 5 Aug 2013
              Publisher Vintage
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              The Last Unknowns: Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions About the Universe, the Mind, the Future of Civilization, and the Meaning of Life
                

              The Last Unknowns: Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions About the Universe, the Mind, the Future of Civilization, and the Meaning of Life (EPUB ebook)

              By Brockman, John; Foreword by Kahneman, Daniel

              Discover theuniverse's lastunknowns-here are theunanswered questionsthat obsess "the world's finest minds" (The Guardian)Featuring a foreword by DANIEL KAHNEMAN, Nobel Prize-winning author of Thinking, Fast and SlowThis is a little book of profound questions (only questions!)-unk...nowns that address the secrets of our world, our civilization, the meaning of life. Here are the deepest riddles that have fascinated, obsessed, and haunted the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel laureates, cosmologists, philosophers, economists, prize-winning novelists, religious scholars, and more than 250 leading scientists, artists, and theorists. In The Last Unknowns, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, asks "a mind-blowing gathering of innovative thinkers" (Booklist): "What is 'The Last Question,' your last question, the question for which you will be remembered?"Featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofGuns, Germs, and SteelJARED DIAMOND - Nobel Prize-winning University of Chicago economist RICHARD THALER - Harvard psychologist STEVEN PINKER - religion scholar ELAINE PAGELS - author ofSeven Brief Lessons on PhysicsCARLO ROVELLI - Booker Prize-winning novelist IAN McEWAN - neuroscientist SAM HARRIS - philosopher DANIEL C. DENNETT - MIT theorist SHERRY TURKLE - decoder of the human genome J. CRAIG VENTER - The Coddling of the American Mind author JONATHAN HAIDT - Nobel Prize-winning physicist FRANK WILCZEK - UC Berkeley psychologist ALISON GOPNICK - philosopher REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN - New York Times columnist CARL ZIMMER - MIT cosmologist MAX TEGMARK - Whole Earth founder STEWART BRAND - "Marginal Revolution" economist TYLER COWEN - Anatomy of Love author HELEN FISHER - Noble Prize-winning NASA physicist JOHN C. MATHER - psychologist JUDITH RICH HARRIS - Princeton physicist FREEMAN DYSON - musician BRIAN ENO - environmental scientist JENNIFER JACQUET - Duke economist DAN ARIELY-Oxford philosopher A. C. GRAYLING - Harvard cosmologist LISA RANDALL - anthropologist
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              ISBN 9780062897954
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              Released NZ 4 Jun 2019
              Publisher HarperCollins
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              Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement

              Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Brockman, John

              In reverence to the force of scientific truth, join fifteen preeminent thinkers whose clear, accessible, and passionate essays reveal the fact and power of evolution, and the beauty of the scientific endeavor.

              ISBN 9780307277220
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2006
              Publisher Random House
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              This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
                

              This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking (EPUB ebook)

              By Brockman, John

              Edge.org presents brilliant, accessible, cutting-edge ideas to improve our decision-making skills and improve our cognitive toolkits, with contributions by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more. Featuring a foreword by New York Times columnist... David Brooks and edited by John Brockman, This Will Make You Smarter presents some of the best wisdom from today's leading thinkers-to make better thinkers out of the leaders of tomorrow.
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              ISBN 9780062109408
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              Released NZ 14 Feb 2012
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              This Explains Everything: 150 Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
                

              This Explains Everything: 150 Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (EPUB ebook)

              By Brockman, John

              In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we gen...etically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world's best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity.With contributions from Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Nassim Taleb, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more, everything is explained in fun, uncomplicated terms that make the most complex concepts easy to comprehend.
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              ISBN 9780062230188
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              Released NZ 22 Jan 2013
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              Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction in Life and Markets
                

              Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction in Life and Markets (EPUB ebook)

              By Brockman, John

              Unlock your mindFrom the bestselling authors of Thinking, Fast and Slow; The Black Swan; and Stumbling on Happiness comes a cutting-edge exploration of the mysteries of rational thought, decision-making, intuition, morality, willpower, problem-solving, prediction, forecasting, un...conscious behavior, and beyond. Edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"-The Guardian), Thinking presents original ideas by today's leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who are radically expanding our understanding of human thought.Daniel Kahneman on the power (and pitfalls) of human intuition and "unconscious" thinking - Daniel Gilbert on desire, prediction, and why getting what we want doesn't always make us happy - Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the limitations of statistics in guiding decision-making - Vilayanur Ramachandran on the scientific underpinnings of human nature - Simon Baron-Cohen on the startling effects of testosterone on the brain - Daniel C. Dennett on decoding the architecture of the "normal" human mind - Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on mental disorders and the crucial developmental phase of adolescence - Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, and Roy Baumeister on the science of morality, ethics, and the emerging synthesis of evolutionary and biological thinking - Gerd Gigerenzer on rationality and what informs our choices
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              ISBN 9780062258564
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              Released NZ 29 Oct 2013
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              What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night
                

              What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night (EPUB ebook)

              By Brockman, John

              Drawing from the horizons of science, today's leading thinkers reveal the hidden threats nobody is talking about-and expose the false fears everyone else is distracted by.What should we be worried about? That is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smar...test website"-The Guardian), posed to the planet's most influential minds. He asked them to disclose something that, for scientific reasons, worries them-particularly scenarios that aren't on the popular radar yet. Encompassing neuroscience, economics, philosophy, physics, psychology, biology, and more-here are 150 ideas that will revolutionize your understanding of the world.Steven Pinker uncovers the real risk factors for war ● Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi peers into the coming virtual abyss ● Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek laments our squandered opportunities to prevent global catastrophe ● Seth Lloyd calculates the threat of a financial black hole ● Alison Gopnik on the loss of childhood ● Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why firefighters understand risk far better than economic "experts" ● Matt Ridley on the alarming re-emergence of superstition● Daniel C. Dennett and george dyson ponder the impact of a major breakdown of the Internet ● Jennifer Jacquet fears human-induced damage to the planet due to "the Anthropocebo Effect" ● Douglas Rushkoff fears humanity is losing its soul ● Nicholas Carr on the "patience deficit" ● Tim O'Reilly foresees a coming new Dark Age ● Scott Atran on the homogenization of human experience ● Sherry Turkle explores what's lost when kids are constantly connected ● Kevin Kelly outlines the looming "underpopulation bomb" ● Helen Fisher on the fate of men ● Lawrence Krauss dreads what we don't know about the universe ● Susan Blackmore on the loss of manual skills ● Kate Jeffery on the death of death ● plus J. Craig Venter, Daniel Goleman, Virginia Heffernan,
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              ISBN 9780062296245
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              Released NZ 11 Feb 2014
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