The Fourth Age

Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity


Author: Byron Reese

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501158589

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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“The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging.” —The New York Times As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species. In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: - 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language. - 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare. - 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state. We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and how—rather than what—we should think about the topics we’ll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity. By asking questions like “Are you a machine?” and “Could a computer feel anything?”, Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they’ll transform humanity.

Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life


Author: Elizabeth MacKinlay

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846424809

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1909

Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life explores the spiritual dimension of ageing and investigates the role of pastoral and spiritual care in helping the frail elderly cope with end-of-life issues. Focusing on the experience of nursing home residents and anecdotes gathered in interviews, MacKinlay sensitively presents the struggles facing older people in need of care, such as loss of independence and privacy. Her findings show that despite ill health, loneliness and depression, older people near the end of their lives find meaning and support in (re)discovering their spirituality, and that this is not just the experience of those in care facilities, but of older people more generally. The book includes a useful chapter on spiritual assessment, providing carers with information on how to recognise the need for care. This book will be of interest to nurses, care workers, pastoral support professionals and anyone else working with older people.

The Fourth Age: Verdan Chronicles: Volume 1


Author: David Gerspach


ISBN: 1304987787

Category: Fiction

Page: 510

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A powerful wizard named Terek believes it is his destiny to rule the land. To fulfill that destiny he raises an army and subjugates a dragon to his will. He will let nothing stand in his way. Legendary heroes, who are neither alive, nor dead, gather champions from across the land to oppose the wizard and safeguard freedom. A knight, sent on a quest by a desparate king, nears his goal of finding Terek's brother, Arakon. It is believed that only Arakon has the power to challenge his brother. But in order to reach him, he will need to travel through Darkwood, a forest guarded by undead creatures and elves aligned with Terek. Another group of heroes is led by a crusader with a tragic past and an illusionist fighting to save her marriage. They need to travel the barbaric hills of Taiga and the plains of Parthea, not realizing that Terek has already endeared himself to the Partheans under the guise of a prophet sent by their god.

Human Development: A Life-Span View

A Life-span View


Author: Robert V. Kail,John C. Cavanaugh

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495093041

Category: Psychology

Page: 781

View: 8832

"Kail & Cavanaugh's Human Dvelopment: a Life-Span View offers you an inside look at the many forces that influence us throughout the journey called life. The authors highlight key research and timely issues that shape development. They discuss how real people react and adjust to developmental influences. In other words, they relate developmental principles to issues that matter to you."--BOOK JACKET.

The Catholic Church Through the Ages

A History


Author: John Vidmar

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1616432152

Category: RELIGION

Page: 218

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This one-volume survey of the history of the Catholic Church--from its beginning through the pontificate of John Paul II--explains the Church's progress by using Christopher Dawson's division of the Church's history into six distinct "ages," or 350-400 year periods of time.

The Fourth Age


Author: Mark Brown

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781618621160


Page: 348

View: 5411

At precisely the exact moment that the shutter clicked open, I felt what was akin to a charge of electricity shooting from the prism of my camera into my left eye. I felt as if I had melted into the body of my camera. At the same instant, the once-static image turned into a motion picture. For photographer Elijah Sheppard, life was finally getting on track until one day a life altering event reveals the possibility that reality may not have been what it seems. With the help of his girlfriend, Ester Robertson, a private detective and the love of his life, he starts digging into his past. The plot they uncover is so unthinkable that it could bring the world as we know it to its knees. The further they delve into the truth, the more dangerous their lives become. On the run from people who are able to track their every move using technology that shouldn't even exist, the two race against a countdown that has been ticking for over two millennia. It is not only their own lives they must try to save, but the lives of millions living on planet Earth.

Medical Sociology and Old Age

Towards a Sociology of Health in Later Life


Author: Paul Higgs,Ian Rees Jones

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 041539855X

Category: Medical

Page: 144

View: 1359

The nature of health in later life has conventionally been studied from two perspectives. Medical sociologists have focused on the failing body, chronic illness, infirmity and mortality, while social gerontologists on the other hand have focused on the epidemiology of old age and health and social policy. By examining these perspectives, Higgs and Jones show how both standpoints have a restricted sense of contemporary ageing which has prevented an understanding of the way in which health in later life has changed. In the book, the authors point out that the current debates on longevity and disability are being transformed by the emergence of a fitter and healthier older population. This third age - where fitness and participation are valorised – leads to the increasing salience of issues such as bodily control, age-denial and anti-ageing medicine. By discussing the key issue of old age versus ageing, the authors examine the prospect of a new sociology – a sociology of health in later life. Medical Sociology and Old Age is essential reading for all students and researchers of medical sociology and gerontology and for anyone concerned with the challenge of ageing populations in the twenty-first century. This book is essential reading for all students and researchers of medical sociology and gerontology.

The Changing Economic Geography of Globalization


Author: Giovanna Vertova

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113425931X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 8065

The process of globalization has had profound, often destabilizing, effects on space, at all levels (i.e. local, regional, national, international). This revealing book analyzes, both theoretically and empirically, the effects of globalization over space. It considers, through a dialogue among different paradigms, the ways in which space has become more important in the global economy. Globalization has been advocated as a way of shrinking time and space which will lead to a homogenized global market; a suggestion challenged in differing ways and with a variety of approaches by all the contributors to this volume. Leading authorities from a range of disciplines are represented amongst this impressive list of contributors, including Eric Sheppard, Bjørn Asheim, Richard Walker and Peter Swann. The chapters demonstrate persuasively the continuing, and even increasing, role of space in the global economy, and throughout, the book covers viewpoints from the fields of: international political economy economic geography regional and local economics. This impressive volume, which contains a selection of the best in contemporary scholarship, will be of interest to the international arena of academicians, policy makers and professionals in these or related fields.

The plays of William Shakespeare ...

With the corrections and illustrations of various commentators


Author: William Shakespeare,Joseph Dennie,Samuel Johnson,George Steevens

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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