The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity launches on March 5th, 2019.
Amy Webb has written a call-to-arms about the broken nature of artificial intelligence, and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head. AI’s destiny is in the control of nine big corporations in the U.S. and China. The American portion of the Big Nine—Amazon, Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Facebook—have big ideas about how to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, but they’re beholden to the whims of Wall Street and have only a transactional relationship with Washington. Meanwhile, China’s portion—Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent—are very much tethered to Beijing and the demands of the Chinese Communist Party. All of us are caught in the middle, as our data are mined and refined in service of building the future of AI.
Amy has written The Big Nine in three parts. In the first, you’ll learn what AI is and the role the Big Nine have played in developing it. Youwill also take a deep dive into the unique situations faced by America’s Big Nine members and by Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent in China. In Part II, you’ll see detailed, plausible futures over the next fifty years as AI advances. The three scenarios you’ll read range from optimistic, pragmatic and catastrophic, and they will reveal both opportunity and risk as we advance from artificial narrow intelligence, to artificial general intelligence to artificial superintelligence. These scenarios are intense—they are the result of data-driven models, and they will give you a visceral glimpse at how AI might evolve, and how our lives will change as a result. In Part III, she offers tactical and strategic solutions to the all of the problems identified in the scenarios along with a concrete plan to reboot the present. Part III is intended to jolt us into action, so there are specific recommendations for our governments, the leaders of the Big Nine, and even for you.
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