there is no reason to get too excited about this book.
The seemingly controversial thesis turns out to be a platitude hidden behind a carefully crafted facade of definitions.
Filled with highly interesting statistics about the evolution of public perception on ethical issues.
Entertaining and polemic book, although many of the author’s points hardly need to be argued.
Economists should stay away from pseudo-philosophical assertions, in particular when these hinge on misinterpretation of Bayesian methods, use flawed logic, and do not lead to realistic recommendations.
Considering his plea for scientific thinking, Pinker is remarkably confident on (1) hard to assess long term risks and (2) strong realism (in the epistomological sense).
Brinkmann’s many nuances and exceptions kill his argument and concept.
N.B. Read in Dutch translation
Entertaining and still eerily relevant (although already published in 2005).
Interesting exploration of the implications of AGI, faulted by the typical preference of Analytical Philosophy for construction of intricate, highly theoretical scenario’s, under-emphasizing basic challenges (in the case of AGI: lack of robustness / antifragility).
The concept is almost trivial (which makes for a boring 1st half of the book), but the examples (partizan politics, fake news, pseudo science, etc.) are convincing and entertaining.