Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human EraArtificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It’s in your smart phone, your car, and it has the run of your house. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls our transportation, energy, and water infrastructure. Artificial Intelligence is for the 21st century what electricity was for the 20th and steam power for the 19th.

But there’s one critical difference — electricity and steam will never outthink you.

The Hollywood cliché that artificial intelligence will take over the world could soon become scientific reality as AI matches then surpasses human intelligence. Each year AI’s cognitive speed and power doubles — ours does not. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail — human-level intelligence. Scientists argue that AI that advanced will have survival drives much like our own. Can we share the planet with it and survive?

Our Final Invention explores how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence challenges our existence with machines that won’t love us or hate us, but whose indifference could spell our doom. Until now, intelligence has been constrained by the physical limits of its human hosts. What will happen when the brakes come off the most powerful force in the universe?


Advance Praise for Our Final Invention

A hard-hitting book about the most important topic of this century and possibly beyond — the issue of whether our species can survive. I wish it was science fiction but I know it’s not.”
Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype

The compelling story of humanity’s most critical challenge. A Silent Spring for the 21st Century.”
Michael Vassar, former President of the Singularity Institute

Barrat’s book is excellently written and deeply researched. It does a great job of communicating to general readers the danger of mistakes in AI design and implementation.”
Bill Hibbard, author of Super-Intelligent Machines

Our Final Invention is a thrilling detective story, and also the best book yet written on the most important problem of the 21st century.”
Luke Muehlhauser, Executive Director of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

An important and disturbing book.”
Huw Price, co-founder, Cambridge University Center for the Study of Existential Risk