Recent Books by IEET Fellows and Staff
The Suicide of the Jews: A Cautionary Tale In this unconventional book, Tsvi Bisk asks: is the purpose of Zionism to recreate the Jewish past, or to create an alternative Jewish future that serves to redeem the past? Do the events of history determine how we must act by mindlessly following its tracks, or is their role to inspire us in how to manage the future? The Suicide of the Jews is a fable from the future; a cautionary tale about one of the noblest and bravest endeavors in human history - a story of unsurpassed idealism, heroism, invention and imagination. It is the story of a cou...
Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence “Surviving AI” is a concise, easy-to-read guide to what’s coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a superintelligence (the technological singularity).
The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity CONTENTS Chapter One: Predicting the Age of Post-Human Intelligences, by Ted Goertzel and Ben Goertzel Chapter Two: A Tale of Two Transitions, by Robin Hanson Chapter Three: Longer Lives on the Brink of Global Population Contraction: A Report from 2040, by Max More Chapter Four: Implanting Post-Human Intelligence in Human Bodies, by John Hewitt Chapter Five: The Singularity and the Methuselarity: Similarities and Differences, by Aubrey de Grey Chapter Six: Robotics and AI: Impacts Felt on Every Aspect of Our Future World, by Daryl Nazareth Chap...
Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics The book takes a close look at the social dimensions of robotics. It examines some of the projects on which robotic engineers are presently working, explores the dreams and hopes connected with these undertakings and determines if there is a relation between automation and unemployment within the socio-economic system. Furthermore, it explores the possible futures generated by the development of artificial intelligence and outlines the core ideas of roboethics. Last not least, it examines the systems of military robots, with special emphasis on...
The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse We live in a genuinely unique period of human history, one in which the alarmist’s hackneyed warning that “The end is near!” could actually come true. The world is cluttered with increasingly powerful advanced technologies. Global warming and biodiversity loss are unchecked catastrophes that will likely push society to the brink of collapse. How are we to respond to this situation? What can we do to maximize the probability of a positive outcome for our species? The End surveys the expanding wilderness of big-picture hazards before us...
Singolarità Da quando l’uomo si è affacciato sul pianeta, con un impatto sempre più ampio e profondo sulla sua evoluzione, ci si chiede se rappresenta un elemento unico e irripetibile. La sua intelligenza potrà essere replicata? E se questo avvenisse, sarà una novità sconvolgente, pari alla discontinuità dell’arrivo dell’uomo? Che cosa succederà all’umanità? Sono domande diventate oggetto di studio nella Silicon Valley, dove è nata la Singularity University. La singolarità tecnologica è il momento in cui l’intelligenza artificiale ...
Envisioning Politics 2.0 Table of contents 1.) Zoltan Istvan’s “Teleological Egocentric Functionalism”: a libertarian philosophical basis for “Transhumanist” politics? – by Roland Benedikter, Katja Siepmann, and Annabella McIntosh 2.) Four political futures: which will you choose? – by David W Wood 3.) How do governments add value to society? – by Bruce Lloyd 4.) The benefits of digital democracy – by Walter L.S. Burrough and Kay Firth-Butterfield 5.) Cyborgization: a possible solution to errors in human decision making – by Dana Edwards and Al...
The Future of Business The Future of Business is the first book in the FutureScapes series. With essays from more than 60 contributing authors, including IEET Affiliate Scholar BJ Murphy and IEET Advisor Gray Scott. The book focuses on the critical social and economic forces, business trends, disruptive technologies, breakthrough developments in science and new ideas that could reshape the commercial environment over the next two decades. It explores how these future factors could come together to force a fundamental rethinking of the purpose,  strategy, busines...
A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control We live in an age of awesome technological potential. From nanotechnology to synthetic organisms, new technologies stand to revolutionize whole domains of human experience. But with awesome potential comes awesome risk: drones can deliver a bomb as readily as they can a new smartphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print guns as well as tools; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall Street just as easily as they can manage your portfolio. One thing these technologies can’t do is answer the profound moral issues they raise. Who should be held a...
Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach discusses key topics such as: - AI-Completeness theory and how it can be used to see if an artificial intelligent agent has attained human level intelligence - Methods for safeguarding the invention of a superintelligent system that could theoretically be worth trillions of dollars - Self-improving AI systems: definition, types, and limits - The science of AI safety engineering, including machine ethics and robot rights - Solutions for ensuring safe and secure confinement of superintelligent s...