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Introduction

Ghost in the Machines
by Jesse Emspak

 

Section 1: Faster, Smarter, Cheaper

1.1   The Next 20 Years of Microchips
        by The Editors

1.2   How to Build a Hypercomputer
        by Thomas Sterling

1.3   The Do It Yourself Supercomputer
        by William Hargrove, Forrest Hoffman, and Thomas Sterling

1.4   The Grid: Computing without Bounds
        by Ian Foster

 

Section 2: Thinking Machines: Ways of Being

2.1   Artificial Intelligence
        by Marvin L. Minsky

2.2   A Test for Consciousness
        by Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi

2.3   Electric Thoughts
        by Yvonne Raley

2.4   Machine Self-Awareness
        by Larry Greenemeier

2.5   Machines that Think for Themselves            
        by Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa

 

Section 3: Beyond Silicon

3.1   A Chip that Thinks like a Brain
        by Christopher Mims

3.2   Quantum Computing with Molecules
        by Neil Gershenfeld and Isaac L. Chuang

3.3   Optical Neural Computers
        by Yaser S. Abu Mostafa and Demetri Psaltis

 

Section 4: We, Robot

4.1   Rise of the Robo Scientists
        by Ross D. King

4.2   My Date with a Robot
        by Robert Epstein

4.3   Robot Be Good
        by Michael Anderson and Susan Leigh Anderson

4.4   Where are the Talking Robots?
        by Joshua K. Hartshome  

 

Section 5: The Hard Problems

5.1   The Elusive Goal of Machine Translation
        by Gary Stix

5.2   A Grandmaster Chess Machine
        by Feng-hsiung Hsu, Thomas Anantharaman, Murray Campbell, and Andreas Nowatzyk

5.3   The Machine that Would Predict the Future
        by David Weinberger

5.4   The Limits of Quantum Computers
        by Scott Aaronson

Beyond Human: A.I. and Genius Machines

In science fiction, artificial intelligence takes the shape of computers that can speak like people, think for themselves, and sometimes act against us. Reality of course is vastly different, though in many ways computers surpass their fictional counterparts. This eBook reviews work in the field and covers topics from chess-playing to quantum computing. The writers tackle how to make computers more powerful, how we define consciousness, what the hard problems are and even how computers might be built once the limits of silicon chips have been reached.

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