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The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth (edição: 2016)

de Robin Hanson (Autor)

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Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army of workers is at your disposal. When they can be made cheaply, within perhaps a century, ems will displace humans in most jobs. In this new economic era, the world economy may double in size every few weeks.Some say we can't know the future, especially following such a disruptive new technology, but Professor Robin Hanson sets out to prove them wrong. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science, and economics, he uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated byems.While human lives don't change greatly in the em era, em lives are as different from ours as our lives are from those of our farmer and forager ancestors. Ems make us question common assumptions of moral progress, because they reject many of the values we hold dear.Read about em mind speeds, body sizes, job training and career paths, energy use and cooling infrastructure, virtual reality, aging and retirement, death and immortality, security, wealth inequality, religion, teleportation, identity, cities, politics, law, war, status, friendship and love.This book shows you just how strange your descendants may be, though ems are no stranger than we would appear to our ancestors. To most ems, it seems good to be an em.… (mais)
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Puedes no estar de acuerdo con algunas de las teorias o predicciones que el autor establece en el libro, pero en general es un gran trabajo que deshebra con gran entusiasmo un posible futuro para la humanidad o como en alguna parte augura: Humanidad 3.0

extras: la parte final de referencias es un gran tesoro.... vale mucho la pena leerlas por completo para un mejor comprendimiento de los temas

Un gran trabajo, altamente recomendado ( )
  AngelBar | Feb 18, 2021 |
This is an interesting idea taken to an autistic extreme which made it uninteresting. The core idea is that for a (to humans, brief) period, the first AIs might be emulated humans, and based on physics and logical extrapolations, one can make some interesting predictions about how they will be individually and as groups. The problem is the author went overboard on some very uninteresting areas, and didn't really have enough interesting projections to fill a book, so it ended up both long and devoid of content. The concept is great, and a 20-30 page treatment would be great, but not this. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Fittingly published on the 1st of April this book can be read in two ways. One is to treat it like an RPG setting book. An imaginative world with highly detailed descriptions, complete with cool potential plots for your campaign. The second way to read it is as a book trying to predict the future in much the same way as The Flintstones is recording history. Everything is strange yet it's all mimicking the current world with superficial differences.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter about computational reversibility - good luck with that if you're not a CS academic. I'm a software engineer and I only have a vague idea what it is and unless you know already you're out of luck as the author will not explain anything.

The rest is ridiculously specific descriptions of a future world - a bit like trying to forecast weather 20 years in advance by trying to get the exact temperature, rainfall, etc. on a particular Thursday in March, in your back garden. This is why I'm going with the former way of reading this book. Maybe someone will write a fiction book based on this setting - could be interesting.

One last thing: the author mentions that economists often predict the future correctly but the irrational uncoordinated populace fails to realise the correct prediction (a comment I've read before made by other economists), implying that the only way he can be wrong about his predictions in this book is if we all somehow conspire against him, at which point it's all our fault. AI research must be a traumatising field. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
This book was a slog -- couldn't force myself to finish it. The concepts are interesting enough, but the writing is drryyyyyy. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
I would read this not so much for an accurate prediction about the future [0] , but rather for a holistic look at how Robin Hanson views the world, with insight into economics, business, politics, and society. This book serves as a great survey of, e.g., the qualities that distinguish the best workers, the most important factors determining economic growth and firms' success, and inefficiencies in political/social systems and how they respond to drastic changes like the arrival of ems.

[0] See http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/05/28/book-review-age-of-em/ for some good criticism. ( )
  logos-nomos | Feb 15, 2019 |
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Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army of workers is at your disposal. When they can be made cheaply, within perhaps a century, ems will displace humans in most jobs. In this new economic era, the world economy may double in size every few weeks.Some say we can't know the future, especially following such a disruptive new technology, but Professor Robin Hanson sets out to prove them wrong. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science, and economics, he uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated byems.While human lives don't change greatly in the em era, em lives are as different from ours as our lives are from those of our farmer and forager ancestors. Ems make us question common assumptions of moral progress, because they reject many of the values we hold dear.Read about em mind speeds, body sizes, job training and career paths, energy use and cooling infrastructure, virtual reality, aging and retirement, death and immortality, security, wealth inequality, religion, teleportation, identity, cities, politics, law, war, status, friendship and love.This book shows you just how strange your descendants may be, though ems are no stranger than we would appear to our ancestors. To most ems, it seems good to be an em.

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