Book about AI and the end of civilisation?
December 9, 2013 6:31 AM Subscribe
Within the last two years I read an article which mentioned an academic who was writing a book about things that could possibly cause the end of civilisation. I would love to find that book.
posted by StephenF to Science & Nature (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
He had intended to cover lots of different topics like asteroid impact and volcanic eruption and so on, but decided instead to focus purely on artificial intelligence as he found it to be the most compelling scenario. The academic in question had a strange title to the effect that he specifically studied things that may end civilisation. I thought he was associated with Oxford, but as I can find no mention of him or his book or indeed the original article I read, I may be getting some of these details wrong. Ringing any bells for anyone?