Tag: AI

The Mad Metropolis

The Mad Metropolis

by Phillip E. High (Ace, 1966)

reprinted as “Double Illusion” (Dobson, 1970)

Book covers: “The Mad Metropolis” by Phillip E High (Ace, 1966); reprinted as “Double Illusion” (Dobson, 1970)

While the central premise remains relevant—humanity entrusting itself to an AI but installing a kill switch that sends it crazy—High’s execution is amateurish, adding layer after extraneous, unpolished layer to turn an intriguing short story idea into a flabby novel.

42 Word Review: Superintelligence – Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

by Nick Bostrom (Oxford University Press, 2014)


Machine superintelligence has the potential to make or break our future, the outcome likely depending on our methodology and the precautions we take during its development. Highly speculative yet also highly technical, Bostrom’s work deserves serious consideration, albeit by a limited readership.