How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb (a talk and book signing).
"We like to think that we are in control of the future of 'artificial' intelligence. The reality, though, is that we—the everyday people whose data powers AI—aren't actually in control of anything. When, for example,
we speak with Alexa, we contribute that data to a system we can't see and have no input into—one largely free from regulation or oversight. The big nine corporations—Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM, and Apple—are the new gods of AI and are short-changing our futures to reap immediate financial gain."
For more info, visit the Harvard Book Store's event page http://www.harvard.com/event/amy_webb/
This book appears to pose a very strong contrast to Kurzweil's The Singulairity is Near.
NOTE: RSVPs ARE TOTALLY OPTIONAL for this event. If you do RSVP that you will be coming, I'll be on the lookout, but seating together as a group may not be possible. We might, however, get together for drinks, etc. after the book signing / lecture. Feel free to join me!