Books  |    |  August 18, 2014

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds

Book edited by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick.
Published by Wiley-Blackwell.
344 pages.

Explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists.

  • Illuminates the nature and ethics of tomorrow’s machine minds—and of the convergence of humans and machines—to consider the pros and cons of a variety of intriguing possibilities.
  • Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest.
  • Considers classic philosophical puzzles as well as the latest topics debated by scholars.
  • Covers a wide range of viewpoints and arguments regarding the prospects of uploading and machine intelligence, including proponents and skeptics, pros and cons.
  • Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds.
  • Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more.

Table of Contents
Introduction I: Machines of Loving Grace (Let’s Hope)  — Damien Broderick
Introduction II: Bring on the Machines — Russell Blackford

  1. How Conscience Apps and Caring Computers will Illuminate and Strengthen Human Morality —  James J. Hughes
  2. Threshold Leaps in Advanced Artificial Intelligence — Michael Anissimov
  3. Who Knows Anything about Anything about AI? — Stuart Armstrong and Seán ÓhÉigeartaigh
  4. Nine Ways to Bias Open-Source Artificial General Intelligence Toward Friendliness — Ben Goertzel and Joel Pitt
  5. Feasible Mind Uploading — Randal A. Koene
  6. Uploading: A Philosophical Analysis — David J. Chalmers
  7. Mind Uploading: A Philosophical Counter-Analysis — Massimo Pigliucci
  8. If You Upload, Will You Survive? — Joseph Corabi and Susan Schneider
  9. On the Prudential Irrationality of Mind Uploading — Nicholas Agar
  10. Uploading and Personal Identity — Mark Walker
  11. Whole Brain Emulation: Invasive vs. Non-Invasive Methods — Naomi Wellington
  12. The Future of Identity: Implications, Challenges, and Complications of Human/Machine Consciousness — Kathleen Ann Goonan
  13. Practical Implications of Mind Uploading — Joe Strout
  14. The Values and Directions of Uploaded Minds — Nicole Olson
  15. The Enhanced Carnality of Post-Biological Life — Max More
  16. Qualia Surfing — Richard Loosemore
  17. Design of Life Expansion and the Human Mind — Natasha Vita-More
  18. Against Immortality: Why Death is Better than the Alternative — Iain Thomson and James Bodington
  19. The Pinocchio Syndrome and the Prosthetic Impulse — Victor Grech
  20. Being Nice to Software Animals and Babies — Anders Sandberg
  21. What Will It Be Like To Be an Emulation? — Robin Hanson

Afterword — Linda MacDonald Glenn

About the Editors

  • Russell Blackford is an Australian philosopher, literary critic, and author, based at the University of Newcastle, NSW. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, and his books include Freedom of Religion and the Secular State (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
  • Damien Broderick is an award-winning Australian science and fiction writer, editor and critical theorist. He has written or edited some 60 books, including The Spike (revised, ed. 2002), the first full-length treatment of the technological Singularity, and Year Million (ed. 2008), about the deep future.