I heard of this book when Mr. Barrat was interviewed on Matt Miller’s excellent podcast, “This is Interesting.” It is a sobering account of how our own intelligence may ultimately get the best of us. The realization of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is more probable than we think with potential ramifications that are mind boggling. Once we develop machines that are self aware and continuously self improving, super intelligence will evolve exponentially. How we factor into this state of affairs is not at all certain. We’ve achieved supremacy over other species because of our intelligence. The assumption that super intelligent systems will deal with us benevolently falls apart when one considers our track record at the top of the pecking order.