28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Engaging, Accessible, Wonderfully Researched - Must Read!,
This review is from: Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Hardcover)Having had a long standing interest in the concepts of artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual existence, and mind uploading, and extremely intrigued by the possibilities that may be opening up within the next fifty years as technology continues its exponential curve of advancement, I was very excited to get my hands on this book.
Mr. Keraci delivers the goods in a succinctly written, exhaustively researched volume that examines in great detail the many different facets of the cultural, scientific, economic, and religious (yes, religious) movement that the author has termed "Apocalyptic AI". Being scientifically inclined as well as a professional analyst, I am very leery of "pop science" books that rely heavily on theorizing and daydreaming and lightly on fact. This book is a refreshing reversal of that disturbing trend, offering a wonderfully detailed analysis of Apocalyptic AI, the true original meaning of the concept of "apocalypse", and balanced, logical explanations... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book - If You Don't Mind It is for Academics,
This review is from: Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Paperback)Title summarizes my thoughts on this book. I bought it from Amazon based upon the title and description alone, without being able to thumb through it. I thought it would be written in a pop-science style. Instead it was written like an academic book, which, surprise surprise, I suppose it is. Lots of "as discussed by X in Y" which proved distracting when reading in the tub or bed.
To see a review of the content, see the first 5 star review - I pretty much agree with it. This review is more focus upon the style. It's a good enough book, one that any convert to the singularity movement should read, lest they view themselves as having risen above mere superstitious beliefs like born-again Christianity or radical Islam. We haven't.
IMHO the author really should write a non-jargon pop-science version of his research, as I could easily see it being a NY Times bestseller. It would appeal to both the true believers and those opposed to the singularity movement... Read more
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book seemed to make a lot of assumptions that ...,
This review is from: Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Hardcover)
This book seemed to make a lot of assumptions that may or may not have been based in fact. It was semi-interesting but wasn't really what I was interested in. I read about 80% of it and then closed the book. However, for someone interested in the topic, it probably would hold their interest. It just wasn't for me.