Human Compatible

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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, Stuart Russell explains why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to his own 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.

About the author:

Stuart Russell is a professor of Computer Science and holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also directs the Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford and the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on AI and Robotics. His work for the UN building a new global seismic monitoring system for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has been recognized by the Feigenbaum Prize of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has been an invited speaker at TED, the World Economic Forum, and the Nobel Dialogues in Stockholm and Tokyo. He is the author (with Peter Norvig) of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the number one bestselling textbook in AI which is used in over 1,400 universities in 128 countries. He was born in England and lives in Berkeley and Paris.