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The Sentient Machine

The Sentient Machine

Author: Amir Husain

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 1501144685

Category: Computers

Page: 240

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The future is now. Acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain explains how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence—and not only survive, but thrive. Artificial “machine” intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars, automatic checkout at the drugstore, and are unable to live without our smartphones. The discussion around AI is polarized; people think either machines will solve all problems for everyone, or they will lead us down a dark, dystopian path into total human irrelevance. Regardless of what you believe, the idea that we might bring forth intelligent creation can be intrinsically frightening. But what if our greatest role as humans so far is that of creators? Amir Husain, a brilliant inventor and computer scientist, argues that we are on the cusp of writing our next, and greatest, creation myth. It is the dawn of a new form of intellectual diversity, one that we need to embrace in order to advance the state of the art in many critical fields, including security, resource management, finance, and energy. “In The Sentient Machine, Husain prepares us for a brighter future; not with hyperbole about right and wrong, but with serious arguments about risk and potential” (Dr. Greg Hyslop, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company). He addresses broad existential questions surrounding the coming of AI: Why are we valuable? What can we create in this world? How are we intelligent? What constitutes progress for us? And how might we fail to progress? Husain boils down complex computer science and AI concepts into clear, plainspoken language and draws from a wide variety of cultural and historical references to illustrate his points. Ultimately, Husain challenges many of our societal norms and upends assumptions we hold about “the good life.”

The Sentient Machine

The Sentient Machine

Author: Amir Husain

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 9780285644120

Category: Science

Page: 224

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We are already living in the future. Artificial intelligence is playing an even-greater role in society: from the 'weaponization' of software to the possibility of a post-antibiotic age. The Sentient Machine is the perfect guide to this brave new world. Amir Husain outlines the history behind artificial intelligence from the creation myth of Frankenstein to the advances made by technology innovators such as Elon Musk. Amir Husain asks the essential question: what is the future for humanity in a world that is dominated by machines? Will machines solve all human problems or will they lead us down a dystopian path to human irrelevance? Husain asks what will be the consequences - from job losses, our future, to the existential questions. How are we intelligent, what constitutes progress, how can AI bring us to "the good life"? How can humans prevent ceding decisions to the network of autonomous systems that increasingly surround us? One of the world's leading technologists looks at our future as we are on the cusp of a second Big Bang, when machines can think independently from us. Will the increasing role of artificial intelligence heal or harm our society? In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain addresses complex computer science concepts in plain language and illustrates his points drawing on a wide variety of cultural and historical references. This is an accessible guide to a fascinating subject. A book that could be adopted onto computer science courses, and some philosophy courses.

The Soul of Popular Culture

The Soul of Popular Culture

Author: Mary Lynn Kittelson

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812693639

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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In The Soul of Popular Culture, leading writers and critics, many of them influenced by the thought of C. G. Jung, draw upon the insights of depth psychology to delve into the meanings of TV programs like Star Trek and Fawlty Towers, movies such as The Piano and The Silence of the Lambs, and other contemporary media, as well as the public preoccupation with such issues as abortion, AIDS, the O.J. Simpson trial, and our enduring fascination with Elvis.

The Aerie of a Pirate Prince

The Aerie of a Pirate Prince

Author: C. Litka

Publisher: Chuck Litka

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 105

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It is always the captain’s fault. So when a shipping container is offloaded to the wrong lighter – hijacked by the local crime syndicate – Captain Sing of the Rendezvous Moon knew she’s be blamed, even though they had followed all the proper procedures. She had no intention of being blamed. She intended to track down the hijacked container. Red Tew, her chief engineer, volunteered to accompany her as “muscle” and invited Rafe d’Mere to tag along as well, since he was an old hand at dealing with the pirate princes of the Alatzian System. Because he was an old hand in dealing with the pirate princes of the Alantzia, Rafe had no desire to have anything to do with pirate princes. But what could he say, but “I suppose so,” when invited along? Captain Sing, Tew, d’Mere and his companion the crow Kee head down to Teire to locate the cargo container before its contents can be divided up and sent on the lawless drifts. There they are joined by an equally determined Lasha Nin, the office manager of the actual owner of the cargo. Together they trace the cargo through the busy space port of Teire, much to the annoyance of the pirate prince behind the theft. And so, before he knows it, d’Mere is once again looking down the barrel of a pirate prince’s darter. Pirate princes play for keeps. The Aerie of a Pirate Prince is a 40,600 word long story – a long novella or a short novel. C. Litka writes old fashioned stories with modern sensibilities, humor, and romance. He spins tales of adventure, mystery, and travel set in richly imagined worlds, with casts of colorful, fully realized characters. If you seek to escape your everyday life, you will not find better company, nor more wonderful worlds to travel and explore, than in the stories of C. Litka.

Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops

Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops

Author: Sophie Dupuy-Chessa

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030491659

Category: Computers

Page: 139

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This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the international workshops associated with the 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2020, which was planned to take place in Grenoble, France, during June 8-12, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the conference was held virtually. The workshops included in this book are: KET4DF, The Second International Workshop on Key Enabling Technologies for Digital Factories ISESL, The First International Workshop on Information Systems Engineering for Smarter Life The total of 8 full and 3 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 20 submissions. The book also contains one invited talk.

The Secrets of Valsummer House

The Secrets of Valsummer House

Author: C. Litka

Publisher: Chuck Litka

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 211

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A Nine Star Nebula Mystery Adventure -- The Sequel to The Secret of the Tzarista Moon The small resort town of Pine Cove has its little secrets. And one very dangerous one. It takes Patrol Lieutenant JG Intelligence Analyst Vaun Di Ai to discover the dangerous one. It would. The Secrets of Valsummer House, sequel to The Secret of the Tzarista Moon, we once more return to the Nine Star Nebula of The Bright Black Sea in a new mystery adventure featuring Patrol Lieutenant Vaun Di Ai and the spaceer, Rafe d’Mere. Rafe d’Mere is still repairing Pine Cove’s toasters, bots, and appliances, when a possibly illegal robot arrives in a bugged crate arrives, to be collected by an unidentified customer – eleven years after it was shipped. A few days later, a rather mysterious lady arrives in Pine Cove “on (undefined) business.” And between these arrivals, Intelligence Analyst 3, Lt Vaun Di Ai, turns up to tick off some boxes on the case forms, and follow up on a few leads in the Seven Syndicate case. She assures him that she has strict orders to do nothing but tick boxes or risk her career in the Patrol. In her own words, she’s merely an IA3 “on a field trip.” Nothing to worry about. But knowing her, of course he does. With good reason. This Nine Star Nebula Mystery Adventure is an old fashioned “whodunit” story. Together with old and new Pine Cove characters, Di Ai and d’Mere follow a tangled web of clues to discover just how the Seven Syndicate came to own the long lost weapons armory of the mercenary company once known as Bright Dark Solutions. And, maybe, just maybe, discover who is the boss of the Seven Syndicate. C. Litka writes old fashioned stories with modern sensibilities, humor, and romance. He spins tales of adventure, mystery, and travel set in richly imagined worlds, with casts of colorful, fully realized characters. If you seek to escape your everyday life, you will not find better company, nor more wonderful worlds to travel and explore, than in the stories of C. Litka.

Dread Trident

Dread Trident

Author: Curtis D. Carbonell

Publisher: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies

ISBN: 9781789620573

Category: Fantasy games

Page: 258

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Dread Trident examines the rise of imaginary worlds in tabletop role-playing games (TRPGs), such as Dungeons and Dragons. With the combination of analog and digital mechanisms, from traditional books to the internet, new ways of engaging the fantastic have become increasingly realized in recent years, and this book seeks an understanding of this phenomenon within the discourses of trans- and posthumanism, as well as within a gameist mode. The book explores a number of case studies of foundational TRPGs. Dungeons and Dragons provides an illustration of pulp-driven fantasy, particularly in the way it harmonizes its many campaign settings into a functional multiverse. It also acts as a supreme example of depth within its archive of official and unofficial published material, stretching back four decades. Warhammer 40k and the Worlds of Darkness present an interesting dialogue between Gothic and science-fantasy elements. The Mythos of HP Lovecraft also features prominently in the book as an example of a realized world that spans the literary and gameist modes. Realized fantasy worlds are becoming ever more popular as a way of experiencing a touch of the magical within modern life. Reworking Northrop Frye's definition of irony, Dread Trident theorizes an ironic understanding of this process and in particular of its embodied forms.

Enlightenment

Enlightenment

Author: Jamil Voss

Publisher: Paradigm E

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 434

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Enlightenment: A Modern Understanding brings clarity and modernity into the world of enlightenment. Without disrespect for the ancient teachings, this book, affectionately called EAMU, brings an entirely refreshing and inspiring understanding of spiritual enlightenment that goes well beyond the ancient teachings – into the foundation of a whole new genre and science of thought. As we moved through history, the questions and quests which predicate our satisfaction or dissatisfaction have evolved, and it’s been many years since the understanding of enlightenment has been revised into modern context. This book does so brilliantly, kindly, and with inspiration and a feeling of poetry – all the while being of a scientific mindset, but oriented more toward practical applicability than scientific review. This book goes into theory and observation in a way that is understandable, and because of its comprehensibility, paves the way forward for a new discussion with a new understanding of this very ancient but not currently, concisely, and truly answered topic that we call, “enlightenment.” EAMU explains enlightenment in a way that is aspiring, modern, natural, and intellectually catchy. The second edition brings added clarity and adds more material.

Descartes' Dualism

Descartes' Dualism

Author: Gordon Baker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134854257

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

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Was Descartes a Cartesian Dualist? In this controversial study, Gordon Baker and Katherine J. Morris argue that, despite the general consensus within philosophy, Descartes was neither a proponent of dualism nor guilty of the many crimes of which he has been accused by twentieth century philosophers. In lively and engaging prose, Baker and Morris present a radical revision of the ways in which Descartes' work has been interpreted. Descartes emerges with both his historical importance assured and his philosophical importance redeemed.

The Shadow of Heavenly Things

The Shadow of Heavenly Things

Author: John V. Coniglio

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 144970767X

Category: Fiction

Page: 420

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SON OF MAN, the first book in THE GODSPEAK CHRONICLES trilogy, tells the extraordinary origin of Cog, a Peacekeeper war machine that awakens to sentience in the year 2454, and how his life mysteriously begins to parallel that of Christ when He walked the Earth. THE SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS, the second in the series, traces the development of Cog’s unexpected ministry, and the furtherance of his remarkable powers and healing abilities. In WAR OF THE THIRD HEAVEN, the epic comes to a stunning climax as Cog struggles to determine his ultimate destiny amid the cataclysmic events at the end of the Age of Man. “A deeply human drama told through the life of the solar system’s first autonomic humanoid machine.” ----- Stephanie Ramirez, Freelance Reviewer, Editor, Houston, Texas “The Godspeak Chronicles will cause you to re-imagine your place in the universe.” ---- Dr. Frank Forcier, San Francisco Reviewer, Editor “The Godspeak Chronicles is suffused with world-shaking characters, events and Biblical truths of momentous consequence to men and angels alike!” ---- Jason D. McFaul, Reviewer, Editor, Professor of Literature, Author of Are You Mad “The Star Wars of Christian science fiction!” ---- Jason D. McFaul, Reviewer, Editor, Professor of Literature, Author of Are You Mad “A reverent, intelligent, and powerful futuristic epic!” ----- Dr. Frank Forcier, San Francisco Reviewer, Editor

A Companion to Applied Ethics

A Companion to Applied Ethics

Author: R. G. Frey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405171908

Category: Philosophy

Page: 720

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Applied or practical ethics is perhaps the largest growth area inphilosophy today, and many issues in moral, social, and politicallife have come under philosophical scrutiny in recent years. Takentogether, the essays in this volume – including two overviewessays on theories of ethics and the nature of applied ethics– provide a state-of-the-art account of the most pressingmoral questions facing us today. Provides a comprehensive guide to many of the most significantproblems of practical ethics Offers state-of-the-art accounts of issues in medical,environmental, legal, social, and business ethics Written by major philosophers presently engaged with thesecomplex and profound ethical issues

The Bright Black Sea

The Bright Black Sea

Author: C. Litka

Publisher: Chuck Litka

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 703

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Captain of a ship haunted by its past. When Wil Litang, the first mate of the tramp freighter Lost Star, reluctantly accepted the job as acting captain, little did he realize that the Lost Star had a mysterious and dangerous past. A past that had caught up with it. And a future filled with danger and discoveries that would eventually lead him to the real Lost Star. The Bright Black Sea is the first volume of the Lost Star Stories. The novel is set in the Nine Star Nebula – a compact nebula of nine stars and hundreds of planets, wrapped within vast fields of asteroids, gas, and dust. Drawing on the classic space opera motifs of space ships, space pirates, sentient robots, and uncharted worlds of wonder, C. Litka crafts an epic story full of mystery, danger, and romance. Join Captain Wil Litang and the crew of the Lost Star and escape to a wonder-filled future in the black and bright space of the Nine Star Nebula. The adventures of Captain Wil Litang continue in concluding volume of the Lost Star Stories – The Lost Star’s Sea, an epic adventure novel written in the classic planetary romance motif made famous by Edgar Rice Burroughs. C. Litka writes old-fashioned novels with modern sensibilities, humor, and romance. His lighthearted novels of adventure, mystery, and travel are set in richly imagined worlds and feature a colorful cast of well drawn characters. If you seek to escape, for a few hours, your everyday life, you will not find better company, nor more wonderful worlds to travel and explore, than in the novels of C. Litka..