What we're about

This is a group for those interested in reading non-fiction books. The group chooses books based on personal suggestions or desires of those attending the previously scheduled meeting and are open to any topic and subject area. We try to diversify the subject areas and topic area. We do our best to "round robin" suggestions of the frequent attendees so that everyone gets a chance to have a recommended book selected. There is no page limit; the longer books (450+ pages) may span two months to give people time to finish and we try out best to choose books that have an audio version.

Since we don't collect dues or ask for money, the group is capped to 50 people. We will (try) not to drop those who have attended or shown prior interest. Should you be forced out after nine consecutive months of showing no interest in attending, we're only making room for pending join requests; feel free to join again. If you want to help guide future book choices or suggest alternate times or locations feel free to attend one of the meetings, send a message, or post a comment.

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[CS] Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control

(from amazon.com) Conflict between humans and machines is seen as inevitable and its outcome all too predictable. Russell argues that this scenario can be avoided, but only if we rethink AI from the ground up. Russell begins by exploring the idea of intelligence in humans and in machines. He describes the near-term benefits we can expect, from intelligent personal assistants to vastly accelerated scientific research, and outlines the AI breakthroughs that still have to happen before we reach superhuman AI. He also spells out the ways humans are already finding to misuse AI, from lethal autonomous weapons to viral sabotage.

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