Intelligence is not Artificial (2015-16)

Why the Singularity is not Coming any Time Soon
And Other Meditations on the Post-Human Condition
and the Future of Intelligence

by piero scaruffi

"Intelligence is not Artificial" (2016) is a new, revised and expanded edition of the book originally titled
"Demystifying Machine Intelligence" (2013).
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Table of Contents of "Intelligence is not Artificial"
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  1. What this Book is about
  2. Sociological Background
  3. A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence/ Part 1
  4. Footnotes in the History of Artificial Intelligence
  5. The first Footnote to the History of Artificial Intelligence
  6. More Footnotes: Machine Learning and Common Sense
  7. A Premise to the History of Artificial Intelligence
  8. Brain Simulation and Intelligence
  9. The Body
  10. Intermezzo: We may Overestimate Brains
  11. Childhood
  12. Deep Learning - A brief History of Artificial Intelligence/ Part 2
  13. The Robots are Coming - A Brief History of A.I./ Part 3
  14. Intermezzo: Will Robots be Conscious?
  15. Brute-force A.I.
  16. Brute-force A.I. doesn't Speak
  17. Can you hear me?
  18. A Failed Experiment
  19. An Easy Science
  20. Intermezzo and Trivia: the Original App
  21. Don't be Fooled by the Robot
  22. The Intelligence of Neural Networks
  23. The Curse of Large Datasets
  24. A Consumer's Rant Against the Stupidity of Machines: Reverting Evolution?
  25. The Singularity as the Outcome of Exponential Progress
  26. A Look at the Evidence: A Comparative History of Accelerating Progress
  27. Intermezzo: In Defense of Regress
  28. Intermezzo: Why Futurists Always Get it Wrong
  29. Jobs in the Age of the Robot - Part 1: What Destroys Jobs
  30. Jobs in the Age of the Robot - Part 2: What Creates Jobs
  31. Jobs in the Age of the Robot- Part 3: The Sharing Economy
  32. Jobs in the Age of the Robot - Part 4: The Maid Principle
  33. Marketing and Fashion
  34. Recap
  35. Why we need A.I. or The Robots are Coming- Part 2: The Near Future of A.I. or Don't be Afraid of the Machine
  36. Jobs in the Age of the Robot - Part 5: The Jobs we Need
  37. Origins of Singularity Thinking
  38. The Case for Superhuman Intelligence. and against it
  39. What is the Opposite of the Singularity?
  40. Intermezzo: The Attention Span
  41. Cognitive Intermezzo: The Origin of Human Intelligence (or of Machine Intelligence?)
  42. Anthropological Intermezzo: You Are a Gadget
  43. Existential Intermezzo: You Are an Ad
  44. Semantics
  45. The Accelerating Evolution of Machines
  46. Non-human Intelligence is Already Here
  47. The Consciousness of Super-human Intelligence
  48. The Intelligence of Super-human Intelligence
  49. Intelligent Behavior in Structured Environments
  50. Intermezzo: Will Intelligent Machines Return to Chaotic Environments?
  51. Another Intermezzo: Disorder is Evolution, Order is Stagnation
  52. Human Obsolescence
  53. In Defense of Progress: Augmented Intelligence
  54. General-purpose Intelligence
  55. The Proliferation of Appliances, Intelligent and not
  56. Intermezzo: The Resurrection of the Dead
  57. Demystifying the Turing Test
  58. Common Sense
  59. We actually don't Think
  60. Mind Uploading and Digital Immortality
  61. Machine Immortality and the Cloud
  62. Corollary: Digital Media Immortality
  63. Ethical Intermezzo: The Moral Consequences of Human Immortality
  64. Philosophical Intermezzo: Do We Really Want Intelligence at All?
  65. Religion and the Law of Accelerated Exaggeration
  66. Analog vs Digital
  67. Analog Computation
  68. Teaser: Machine Ethics
  69. How not to Build an Artificial General Intelligence - Part 1: The Many-task Mind
  70. How not to Build an Artificial General Intelligence - Part II: Smart, not Deep, Learning
  71. The Timeframe of Artificial General Intelligence
  72. How NOT to Find a Breakthrough
  73. The Real Breakthrough: Synthetic Biology
  74. Humorous Intermezzo: Bayes and The End of the World
  75. The Future of Miniaturization: the Next big Breakthrough?
  76. The Real Future of Computing
  77. A Brief History of Bionic Humans, Cyborgs and Neuroengineering
  78. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Machine Stupidity
  79. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Scientific Socialism
  80. After Machine Inteligence: Machine Creativity - Can Machines do Art?
  81. The Moral Issue: Who's Responsible for a Machine's Action?
  82. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Machine Credibility
  83. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Speed Limits for Machines?
  84. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Criminalizing Common Sense
  85. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: You Are a Budget
  86. The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Who will get there first?
  87. Jobs in the Age of the Robot - Part 6: Hyper-employment (2017 addition)
  88. Dystopian Quartet 1. Andante: Lessons Learned from A.I.
  89. Dystopian Quartet 2.: Dystopian Quartet 2. Allegro Forte: We are Surrounded
  90. Dystopian Quartet 3.: Dystopian Quartet 3. A Cappella: We are being Programmed
  91. Dystopian Quartet 4. Adagio: Humanity without Humanity
  92. Transcendental Intermezzo: You are a Robot - The Demise of Free Will
  93. Transcendental Intermezzo Revised: You are a.?
  94. Why the Singularity is a Waste of Time and Why we Need A.I. - A Call to Action
  95. The Future of Human Creativity
  96. Why I an not Scared of A.I.
  97. A Conclusion: Religion in the Age of A.I.
  98. P.S. What i did not Say
  99. Appendix: The Dangers of Clouding - Wikipedia as a Force for Evil
  100. Appendix: The Myth of Longevity
  101. Appendix: The Medium is the Brain
  102. Appendix: The Era of Objects
  103. Appendix: I Ran Out of Space
  104. Readings on the Singularity
  105. Alphabetical Index
  106. A timeline of A.I.
  107. A timeline of Neuroscience
  108. Praise for "Intelligence is not Artificial"

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