Solomon's Code: Humanity in a World of Thinking Machines

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About the Author
Olaf Groth is a Professor and Program Director for Digital Futures at Hult International Business School. He is the founder and CEO of Emergent Frontiers Group and Cambrian AI, a member of the Global Expert Network at the World Economic Forum. Olaf has written for the Harvard Business Review, HBR France, Financial Times, and more. Mark Nitzberg serves as Executive Director of the Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence at University of California at Berkeley. Mark studied AI at M.I.T. and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University. Most recently he was Director, Computer Vision Products at A9/Amazon.
This wide-ranging and user-friendly dispatch from the front lines of AI can be devoured in one sitting to catch up on the latest research and startup companies including innovations from Nigeria, Israel, Russia, China, and Canada. Even those who follow the news closely will discover fresh insights into China's emerging social credit system, prediction markets, adaptive learning, chatbots designed for suicidal patients, and a riveting personal story about a life-or-death decision that challenges the state-of-the-art in AI. Groth and Nitzberg, appropriately skeptical of singularity sensationalism, emphasize instead the positive potential for what they call 'Symbiotic Intelligence' and make a compelling case for a new 'Magna Carta' to guide our collectively intelligent future.--Ken Goldberg, Professor of Robotics & New Media and Director of the Laboratory of Automation Science at University of California, Berkeley
Groth and Nitzberg reach beyond bytes and algorithms to the deeper questions of what new AI technologies mean in fundamentally human terms. They make clear the choices that lie ahead--and the fact that those choices belong not to our machines but to us.--Arati Prabhakar, Fellow at Stanford University, former Director of DARPA, Director of NIST, CTO of Raychem and Managing Director at US Venture Partners
Don't put this book down. In the intensifying race for tech supremacy, a geopolitical contest that will foreordain centers of prosperity and opportunity for the foreseeable future, AI will be center stage. By breaking down the fundamentals, and by imagining where the AI phenomenon might take us, Groth and Nitzberg do us all a great service. Now it's up to us to respond--and prepare--appropriately.--Erik Peterson, Managing Director, A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council, former SVP at CSIS
Groth and Nitzberg discuss the future of artificial intelligence in numerous spheres--medicine, civil defense, education, and more--identifying potential moral quandaries in each. Their nuanced analysis explores not just how to ensure that 'the machines will treat us fairly, ' but also that these machines' human designers are ethically sound. Their positive outlook, free of the doomsday theorizing common elsewhere, makes for a refreshingly calm discussion of the future of AI.
Solomon's Code is a fascinating exploration of the myriad social and ethical considerations that we'll be faced with as we see the rise of AI. It provides a balanced perspective on the many critical issues AI presents, including new mind-boggling ones many have not even contemplated, as well as ways for us to guide the course of the transformation.--Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat and author of 'The Open Organization'