Narrator: Joe Hempel
on 27 July 2016
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it.
This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention. All jobs will be affected, from fast food McJobs to lawyers and journalists. This is the single most important development facing humanity in the first half of the 21st century.
The fashionable belief that universal basic income is the solution is only partly correct. We are probably going to need an entirely new economic system, and we better start planning soon - for the economic singularity!
The outcome can be very good; a world in which machines do all the boring jobs and humans do pretty much what they please. But there are major risks, which we can only avoid by being alert to the possible futures and planning how to avoid the negative ones.
©2016 Calum Chace (P)2016 Calum Chace
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Calum Chace’s The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the death of capitalism provides a harrowing look into the world of AI. It was pure serendipity that I read Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford this semester in a graduate Human Computer Interaction class, a book that Chace’s book refers to in his as important to getting a good grasp of the AI topics. In some ways, this book takes over where Ford left off, or maybe, what Ford left out in further detailed explanation. These books, though by different authors, work well in tandem, but I would definitely read Ford’s first, then Chace’s.
At first, the book seems like it’s going to be a treatise on how everything we know will die off, but it is a bit more forgiving that that. Chace provides a good balance of opposing sides to the argument that our generation is not prepared for what’s ahead. The Economic Singularity provides significant backstory into a universal basic income which Ford touched on, technological unemployment, and our economy’s future. As with other books, our generation or model is not currently able to handle what will come next because we can’t in many ways compete with the artificial intelligence that is developing exponentially besides us. But the recurrent theme emerges that in the past we thought we would be replaced by robots, and we weren’t but this time we will. There is an important distinction he makes between two terms consciousness and intelligence and this factors into his explanations.
The book is a clear must read for anyone who spends his or her days thinking about the problems of the future or wants to explore the rationales that go behind trying to prepare for it. The book will make you think and sometimes step back and as you try to digest his argument while building up a case for your own. Provoking in a good way, with clear prose and logical arguments.
About the narrator
Joe Hempel provides a clear and lucid narration with enough energy to keep one interested without overdoing it. He narrates as if he’s in the seat next to you, having a conversation about some very difficult topics to understand without belittling you. While he made it an easy listen, the content created so many questions that it was tough to continue to read it without stopping to either reflect or talk out loud about it in the car.