• Beyond Zero and One

  • Machines, Psychedelics, and Consciousness
  • By: Andrew Smart
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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By: Andrew Smart
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Can we build a robot that trips on acid? This is not a frivolous question, according to neuroscientist Andrew Smart. If we can't, he argues, we haven't really created artificial intelligence. In an exposition reminiscent of crossover works such as Gödel, Escher, Bach and Fermat's Last Theorem, Andrew Smart weaves together Mangarevan binary numbers, the discovery of LSD, Leibniz, computer programming, and much more to connect the vast but largely forgotten world of psychedelic research with the resurgent field of AI and the attempt to build conscious robots. A book that draws on the history of mathematics, philosophy, and digital technology, Beyond Zero and One challenges fundamental assumptions underlying artificial intelligence. Is the human brain based on computation? Can information alone explain human consciousness and intelligence? Smart convincingly makes the case that true intelligence, and artificial intelligence, requires an appreciation of what is beyond the computational.

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loved it

this is the first book for me to read/listen to of the educational nature. so I don't know how to properly review it. he did a good job on explaining what he is talking about explaining his theories and giving credit to his sources I found this to be very educational and fascinating .

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Musings on interesting subjects, but no new ideas

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The author touches on many interesting topics, but doesn't present any strong thesis or new ideas.

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Interesting speculation

The book has some interesting ideas about things that might be seen with AI but not much substance.

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  • 08-19-22

Wonderful!

Finished this book very quickly, because I just couldn't stop listening. I.love how several subjects (History of LSD discovery; Author's own psychedelic experience, current AI research and others) were mixed together in this book. Performance was also quite nice to listen to. Very much recommend! Gives a lot of "food" for thinking. I even think about buying a paper version so I have it on my shelf.

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  • 11-29-19

Great read

I have recently been very interested in books like this. I’ve read a lot of Kurzweil and books about the master algorithm and this one was very well-written.