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Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live, work, wage war, play, seek a mate, educate our young, and care for our elderly.

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Artificial Intelligence is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independent of their creators and outperform us in domains previously believed to be the sole dominion of humans. Whether we regard them as conscious or unwitting, revere them as a new form of life or dismiss them as mere clever appliances, is beside the point. They are likely to play an increasingly critical and intimate role in many aspects of our lives.

The emergence of systems capable of independent reasoning and action raises serious questions about just whose interests they are permitted to serve, and what limits our society should place on their creation and use. Deep ethical questions that have bedeviled philosophers for ages will suddenly arrive on the steps of our courthouses.

And the answers may surprise you.

"The questions Kaplan explores are fascinating. . . . Artificial Intelligence is not a book I would normally pick up but I’m glad I did." ---We Make Money Not Art

"[John Pruden's] voice is crisp and articulate with a level of energy that borders on enthusiasm. Given the complexity of ideas abundant in this text, Pruden knows just where to place emphasis and to draw out an idea." ---AudioFile

"Thoroughly accessible to listeners of all backgrounds, Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know stresses the importance of considering the most profound ethical implications of modern technology." ---Midwest Book Review

Artificial Intelligence

What Everyone Needs to Know

Author Jerry Kaplan

Narrated by John Pruden

Publication date May 23, 2017

Running time 5 hrs

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