Minds and Machines

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 285–289 | Cite as

Nick Bostrom: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, xvi+328, £18.99, ISBN: 978-0-19-967811-2
  • Paul D. Thorn
Book Review

Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is a systematic and scholarly study of the possible dangers issuing from the development of artificial intelligence. The book is relatively comprehensive, covering a multitude of topics relating to the safe development of superhuman artificial intelligence. If the arguments presented in Bostrom’s book are correct, then the book’s subject matter represents a very important field of study, inasmuch as (1) the creation of a superintelligent being represents a possible means to the extinction of mankind, and (2) there are actions that can be taken to reduce this risk. According to other arguments that Bostrom offers, the creation of a ‘friendly’ superintelligent being might, on the other hand, lead to the rapid development of many beneficial technologies, e.g., technologies that eliminate death by aging.

Bostrom asserts that his book is written as ifits target audience were earlier time-slices of himself, assuming that he...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentHeinrich-Heine-Universitaet DuesseldorfDuesseldorfGermany

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