Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom is a key work exploring artificial intelligence. Many including Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, have publicly expressed their concerns that artificial intelligence could cause the extinction of man. The threshold of great concern is when artificial intelligence software can write and correct software as well as learn. It is believed once such thresholds are crossed it will be able to reason and protect itself by planting code all over the world via networks while hiding its actions and motivations. At that point it “can’t be unplugged” and could get exponentially smarter than humans maybe even deciding humans are its biggest enemy i.e. “The Terminator Scenario”. This is a complex area being widely written about these days since artificial intelligence and machine learning are progressing at lightning speeds.
This particular book is somewhat technical looking at different strategies that might be taken in artificial intelligence development to prevent bad outcomes and loss of control. None of the strategies give me great confidence we can in fact contain what could be the development of our very own downfall. Fascinating topic and one of great importance whether we realize it not since we are charging down path. This one is on the technical side so if this is a topic you want to explore at the more macro level you might start with other books on the topic and work your way up to this one. A great one to start with is Our Final Invention by James Barat which I reviewed on this site back in May 2014 https://marksbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/our-final-invention-by-james-barrat/ .
So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
DOCUMENTARY: Clinton Cash
Clinton Cash 2016 Director M.A. Taylor is a must see documentary for everyone before getting in the booth and pulling a lever in November! This documentary is based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book documenting in detail how the Clinton’s have used their public positions of power to sell their influence to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. In many cases to foreign powers that are not friends of American and even in some cases outright enemies.
One detailed example is how Hillary used her position as Secretary of State to sign off on a deal selling the rights to 20% of American uranium mining rights on U.S. soil to a front company for Putin/Russia while pocketing over $100 million in the Clinton Foundation from those in the front organization that benefitted from the deal. THEY SOLD AMERICA OUT TO OUR ENEMIES!
They also demonstrate how the Clinton Foundation is not a very charitable “charity”. Great example of that claim is how the Clinton Foundation raised millions of dollars for Haiti after it was devastated by the earthquake and yet only 10% of the money made it to Haiti. The money that did make it to Haiti benefited the people that gave the foundation the money by getting business projects done that weren’t even in the earthquake damaged regions of the country.
The Clinton’s are the worst kind of treasonous criminals, selling out America while profiting personally in massive amounts. This documentary clearly documents the facts that point to the Clinton’s deserving nothing but a life in prison!
This documentary can be seen right now in its entirety for free on YouTube so take a good look at the truth behind the biggest crime family in America!
The Myth Of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley
The Myth Of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley is a must read book. Due to my undergrad and graduate training in psychology I have kept an eye on the sex addiction space. In the 80’s Patrick Carnes with his book Contrary To Love is credited with the concept of “sex addiction” exploding into American consciousness. A book I had read in the 80’s. Followed by more books, more authors, and a whole sex addiction industry with certifications for therapist and treatment centers became entrenched creating an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s such a mainstream idea it’s now a part of the American lexicon.
The Myth Of Sex Addiction is a must read counter to this industry and idea that is clearly not based on reproducible scientific study. Sure there are bad behaviors, damaging behaviors, and even behaviors that take real effort and persistence to overcome, but that is something different from addiction. Just properly defining “sex addiction” is so fraught with so many problems that the disease mongering addictionologist keep failing to successfully get “sex addiction” added to the Psychiatric DSM as a defined disorder. Additionally there are extensive cultural issues and moral biases in the area of human sexuality making it impossible to apply any uniform definition. Some behaviors here in America that would be considered behaviors indicating sex addiction would be the norm in other cultures. With a real disease such as coronary artery disease culture has no impact at all. If your arteries have blockage then they have blockage regardless of your local culture. Additionally the extensive differences in sexuality between the genders adds great difficulty in defining aberrant behavior in sex addiction. This space of proposed pathology is so filled with the risk of labeling people as addicted or diseased by agenda driven groups that it is dangerous in itself.
The author also does a tremendous job showing the unintended harm the concept of “sex addiction” causes because it implies a disease at which people can’t control themselves ultimately absolving them from personal responsibility for their own behavior.
I’m always a proponent of exploring both sides of an issue. If you entertain ideas of the disease mongering addictionologist that promote the pathologizing of human sexual behavior then you owe it to yourself to hear out the other side presented so intelligently by David Ley in The Myth Of Sex Addiction. A very important and needed book in this area. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
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DOCUMENTARY: Hillary’s America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party 2016 Dinesh D’Souza & Gerald Molen
Dinesh D’Souza is such a great documentarian and he does it again with Hillary’s America, just released in theaters this weekend. This is a must see for everyone. After the progressive destruction of U.S. schools, intentionally separating multiple generations from the facts of our real American History, the Democratic Party has been able to completely pull the wool over American’s eyes and continue to rob them blind. Black Americans especially should see this excellent documentary to brush up on the real American History of Black Americans.
The Democratic Party’s real history is they brought us slavery, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, fought against women’s suffrage, fought against the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery), and more. Not only have they effectively brushed their horrible history under the rug, they have managed to manipulate the masses into believing that it is really the Republican history even though the facts simply prove otherwise.
This documentary also dives deeply into the history of the Clinton criminal enterprise from their lawlessness, Bill’s long history of sexual abuse, to the Clinton Foundation, one of the biggest criminal scams ever portrayed on America. Most importantly exposes Hillary’s relationship with her mentor Saul Alinsky. Alinsky was actually the subject of her thesis in college. She also wrote about her Alinsky inspired plan to destroy our country by infiltrating and taking over the government to destroy it from within.
This is a must see documentary for all. It’s playing in theaters now across the nation so grab your popcorn and soda and head to the movies!
Focus by Daniel Goleman
Focus by Daniel Goleman is a book focused on an area of inquiry of great interest to me reflected by some other reviews on this site. In this age of information overload and constant distraction from constantly available streams of data through all our gadgets, it seems we are creating widespread attention deficit behavior and lack of focus.
Daniel Goleman who brought us such landmark works as Emotional Intelligence writes eloquently connecting the most current knowledge in the neurosciences to this modern day ill of constant distraction. He does so in an enjoyable and easy to read style.
One note of complete irritation is when experts in their area dabble inareas they shouldn’t. He does dabble a little in a tangent about climate change and global warming only succeeding in showing us all how this expert in his own space is completely ignorant of the science and facts in another area. They really should stick to their area of expertise. Other than that irritation it’s a worthwhile read so as usual, Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
The Future Of Violence by Benjamin Wittes & Gabriella Blum
The Future Of Violence is an interesting and thought provoking read. At times it bogs down a little like a text book but for the most part quite thought provoking. The authors address issues caused by the capabilities through technical innovation in many fields like biotech, artificial intelligence, drones and many more, making it much more possible for individuals and small groups to have the ability to inflict great harm.
In the past it was primarily large players like governments/countries that have the capability to do such harm. This distribution of capability to conduct violence and harm has many ramifications in terms of governing and policing. Innovation often causes such major shifts and changes the world.
To make a long story short I found their discussion to be thought provoking and useful however, I think they tried to make a somewhat stealthy justification for one world government vs sovereign nations which I truly DO NOT agree with in any way what so ever. I also take issue with the authors interpretation of the U.S. Constitution in the few instances they addressed it. Their discussion on international cooperation and international law was quite interesting.
Overall their flawed argument and conclusion is a similar argument using changes in technology of firearms to argue against the 2nd Amendment. “If the Founding Fathers knew there would be AR’s they wouldn’t have written the 2nd Amendment” which is so flawed an argument that it only shows the people making it have no understanding of the 2nd Amendment or the intent of it.
These authors use changes in technology to stealthily argue against sovereign nations. Interesting discussion but in my opinion their premise is completely WRONG. Definitely not a book for the masses but a few of you that like to get in the weeds might still enjoy the discussion. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
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Getting To YES by Roger Fisher and William Ury
Getting To YES is a long time best seller on negotiation from the Harvard Negotiation Project. The Harvard Negotiation Project has very successfully run negotiation training for many decades now. Their work focuses on working toward solutions beneficial to both sides instead of digging in on specific positions and setting up heated standoffs. If you’ve read articles on negotiation and seen the acronym BATNA, this is a result of their work. It stands for Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement and is part of their addressing walk away points. If you are exploring different works on negotiation this is one of the must read classics and certainly a great starting point. It’s very relevant, well written, and best of all short being just under 200 pages. I also like that they give many book references throughout for other works on negotiation addressing some of the areas they don’t dive deep into such as very difficult parties not willing to work toward solutions and different negotiating types or personalities. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
DOCUMENTARY: The Secret Rules Of Modern Living: Algorithms, Professor Marcus Du Satoy
The Secret Rules Of Modern Living: Algorithms, Professor Marcus Du Satoy is a wonderful BBC documentary with mathematics Professor Marcus Du Satoy from Oxford. Let your NERD out! This is a wonderful documentary exploring mathematics, algorithms, and heuristics. Even though algorithms date back thousands of years before computers they are central to our digital age. Fascinating documentary that should convince all that want to be relevant in the modern world to major in mathematics! They explore many algorithms including the one that made Google such an overwhelming success. Wonderful documentary accessible to all of us non mathematic / science majors and really fun and inspiring to boot. Load up the Netflix and dive in!
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Tagged Algorithms, BBC, computers, Documentary, Google, Heuristics, Marcus Du Satoy, Mathematics, Oxford, Science, technology, The Secret Rules Of Modern Living: Algorithms
The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin
The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin is an interesting look at how to organize our lives at work, home, and more in the age of information overload. His look at strategies and ways to organize are related back to the most current knowledge emerging on the neurophysiology of the brain. This book is just shy of 400 pages and at times reads a little laboriously like a textbook so this book is really more for the reader with interest in modern brain research and how it relates to our current age of information overload. Some of the more valuable nuggets were found starting on page 306 about multitasking vs. focus which is of course an ever so important topic in our current world of information overload. This book is more for the serious reader since it is definitely not the quick little motivational read so common in the business sector today. Based on that I would not recommend this book for the masses but it is worth the time for more serious readers interested in the topic. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
Failures Of Imagination by Michael McCaul
The author, Michael McCaul, Congressman and Chairman of The Homeland Security Committee portrays numerous possible terrorist attack scenarios to show us what the threat to our homeland might be. This is done to awaken us to the threat we live under. As you can see by the title his premise is based on how we didn’t see the 911 attacks coming because we lacked imagination. His scenarios are reality based but are extremely elementary and definitely lack imagination. If this is what our government is thinking as they strategically and tactically examine prepare to deal with our vulnerabilities then we are in trouble.
In our modern time of regular terrorist attacks around the world most people with a pulse are aware of the possibility of such scenarios. Many of us that are tactically minded have looked at the vulnerabilities and risk at tremendously greater depths than this book even comes close to examining. Really a disappointment but what was I expecting from a congressman? If you have lived in an information vacuum you might learn something from this book but otherwise I would pass on it. There are so many great books out there to explore these vulnerabilities so don’t waste your time on this one. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back………….just not this one!