Our Final Invention

  • by James Barrat
  • Narrated by Gary Dana
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013
Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.
In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail - human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Terrible audiobook

What would have made Our Final Invention better?

There are no facts or figures in this book. It is, instead, an emotional rant with no substance. The narrator is possibly one of the worst I have heard on audible

Would you ever listen to anything by James Barrat again?


Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Dana’s performances?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?


Any additional comments?

Read Noah Harari's 'Homo Deus' instead

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- Adrian Shaw

Great book in a fast moving landscape.

Needs a new edition. Three or four years is a long time in artificial intelligence.
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- Segismundo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-05-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios