Artificial Intelligence is something that many of us are cautious to know, it is an issue that, in addition to having left not so long ago, will have a great impact on all areas of everyday life. Companies with different objectives and long-term thoughts in the future in which we are helped by machines that think intelligently are increasing. Each struggling to achieve that logic of a machine by various means such as machine learning or others.

In the following list, we collected the top books that deal with the philosophical side of AI, AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and ASI (Artificial Super Intelligence). They show us a clear vision of how we will live in the 22nd century, our relations with robots and even several ethical issues, that may be solved in the upcoming years.

The most important question about AI is:

  • Will Robots or AI we create ever become friendly? If it doesn't, will we all have to start working together?
  • Will they able to simulate emotions?
  • Will we have real connections to Robots (Androids)?

AI will have many purposes and goals, but the most important ones are:

  • to provide us with the necessary tools to improve our life,
  • to assist us with complex tasks in different domains, like medicine, transport, manufacturing, or transportation,
  • to be a valuable partner, capable of enhancing our happiness and well-being.

Too many questions on my side, let's see some answers:


Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom

The Swedish-born philosopher introduces us to the world of deep philosophy in order to understand the basic concepts and forms of AGI and ASI. The book also describes some likely and some doomsday scenarios about the future and of course some alternative strategies for humanity.

We can all learn something from these thoughts, but they will lead to certain conclusions. Deep Philosophy explains why we are all such simple beings in some sense.


Together, by Zoltan Andrejkovics

This new book is specifically written for this niche. In the book, you will find several real-life questions connected to the ethical, practical and philosophical side of AI and RPA. The author also shows us his vision for an ideal outcome of our relationship with ASI (no doomsday scenario) and answer a bunch of questions, from the practical side.

We also enjoyed the fictive discussions between the future ASI and humans at the beginning of every chapter. This is one book, which will keep you updated on the rapidly evolving technology.


Life 3.0, by Max Tegmark

This book first clears some ground expressions like “memory”, “computation” and “intelligence” than slowly connects to dots how AI will affect our society. We will find also several utopias and dystopia scenarios in this book. Everyone reading this book will going to wonder if it is happening now or not, this fact alone gives great power to this book.


AI Ethicsm, by Mark Coeckelbergh

There is an urgent need to answer some of the most important ethical questions raised by AI in the last years. The author examines Google's search engine, Facebook's targeted advertising, Alexa-Siri phenomena and self-driving cars from ethical perspective. We need to have answers for “what-ifs”, because practical AI is just knocking at our doorstep.


Rebooting AI, by Gary Marcus, Ernest Davis

Almost all AI researchers unanimously adopt machine and deep learning in general as the solution to AGI. Not the authors of Rebooting. Some parts of the book are repetitive, but there are some good ideas hidden in this book.

The author brings in the insights from the past. There is no over emphasis on the problem of AGI, there is no doubt to expect the current society may have several problems thanks to “smart” things.

While the books is aimed general public, there is enough useful material for other audiences to gain deeper perspective into AI.


Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, by Stuart Russell

This is the fourth edition of this classic book. The author is known as a computer scientist who did great contributions to artificial intelligence. This is one of the pioneer books in the field of AI which holds the key questions towards to AI.


2084, by John C. Lennox

The book shows us a near future scenario in the world of AI society. Will it be likely as George Orwell’s 1984? The author brings some silent evidences how the world will look like in 60 years. The book itself is a good read, we also enjoyed that it brought a christian perspective into this topic.

Conclusion

AI ethics is a very important topic right now, and there’s certainly a lot of talk about it. Artificial intelligence has been a big topic over the last few years. There’s been a lot of discussion about how AI could be used and even abused. There are concerns about whether or not AI is a threat to our nation and for people. There are also concerns about whether we can trust an algorithm. We can’t trust a piece of software with our information and opinions. We also have to realize that machines will be a big part of our future , and there will be some consequences.

The problem is this: AI algorithms have no morals. They have no conscience or feelings, as my grandson calls them. And they’re completely made up. We don’t know what they’ll do with this data, and when we let that data be used and shared with third parties, we could have an unintended outcome that could harm people. People need to think about these things.

These are the best AI ethics and philosophy books of the last years, either you are looking for an introduction to AI or you would like to dig deeper the above list will give good recommendation what book you should pick up next.

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