AI, Humans, and the Superhuman Revolution
by Alex Bates
Pub Date 14 May 2019
We are about to become superhuman. In Augmented Mind: AI, Humans, and the Superhuman Revolution, serial AI entrepreneur Alex Bates explains how the combination of AI with human intelligence—Intelligence Augmentation—has revolutionary potential.
Bates has worked a decade on the front lines of AI research and implementation, facilitating the collaboration of humans and AI. When his last AI venture was acquired, Bates created a global mastermind network of applied AI technologists and researchers with membership from Caltech, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, UCSD, USC, and other leading institutions and companies. Augmented Mind represents the culmination of this research and outlines a framework for creating hybrid solutions by combining AI, machine learning, and human intuition to create augmented technology that can predict the future, improve our social lives, eliminate scarcity, and provide a clear road map to abundance and prosperity.
The AI revolution doesn't have to mean "robot takeover". Instead, Bates paints a picture of a world where humanity and technology work together to become our best selves, solve the problems of today, and create bright new possibilities for the future.
A Note From the Publisher
“A provocative, philosophically astute, and technologically savvy analysis.”
“Engaging, accessible, and concise, Augmented Mind is a realistic and exciting look at the future of digital technology.”
“Augmented Mind is a well-researched and strong endorsement for the continued advancement of artificial intelligence written by an expert in the field of hybrid human-machine systems.”
“Alex Bates offers a tantalizing perspective on the future of intelligence amplification and augmentation. As the dawn of artificial superintelligence nears, I expect that executing his vision of human-machine fusion will become essential to our survival.”
—Alex Wissner-Gross, Fellow of the Applied Computational Science at Harvard University
“Augmented Mind is highly recommended as a treasure trove of fascinating anecdotes and detailed discussions about the history and future of artificial intelligence. In a captivating and approachable sequence of thought-provoking topics with references to a wide body of award-winning literature, the author manages to artfully weave seventeenth-century England and dreaming and Gestalts with Passion Quotients and Healthcare Centaurs and symbiotic superhuman augmented intelligence. I look forward to digesting and re-reading this book several times!”
—Rupert Minnett, CEO Cogense, Data Scientist
“Augmented Mind is an extraordinary piece of work. It’s a window into the future by an exceptionally bright writer. The ideas Bates puts forward are clear, cogent and understandable to those of us not in the AI world. Although the depth of his technical expertise may be expected, the breadth of his knowledge is really impressive. I work in a creative field and especially appreciate his awareness regarding creative work. We are going at warp speed toward a new world. Augmented Mind is a roadmap. Fully recommend.”
—Bill Bowling,Production Consultant, Warner Brothers & Netflix
“Augmented Mind brings an essential perspective to our understanding of Artificial Intelligence and where it is headed. By asking and answering key questions like ‘what can AI not yet do’ and ‘do we really need AI’, the author is helping you see past the hype and better understand what is really going on in this space and what is coming next. Alex Bates weighs in on AI in a manner that meaningfully adds to the debate around AI safety raised by prominent figures such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. In short, this is a must read if you want to understand the future of AI!”
—Stephen Larson, CEO Metacell / Director, OpenWorm
"This book is a comprehensive overview of the history, current state, and potential future of AI. The author develops the point of view that humans will retain a close connection with AI systems and that these hybrid systems in addition to the industrial benefits, may paradoxically help us become more human, i.e. more passionate, curious, and caring as well as more productive in the arts."
—Tom Morse PhD, Neuroscientist, Yale University