“Alex Bates offers a tantalizing perspective on the future of intelligence amplification and augmentation. As the dawn of artificial superintelligence nears, I expect that executing his vision of human-machine fusion will become essential to our survival.”
—Alex Wissner-Gross PhD, Fellow, Harvard University
“This book is a comprehensive overview of the history, current state, and potential future of AI. The author develops the point of view that humans will retain a close connection with AI systems and that these hybrid systems in addition to the industrial benefits, may paradoxically help us become more human, i.e. more passionate, curious, and caring as well as more productive in the arts.”
— Tom Morse PhD, Neuroscientist, Yale University
“One of the best complications of AI history and discussion about its future. In a captivating and approachable sequence of thought-provoking topics with references to a wide body of award-winning literature, the author manages to artfully weave seventeenth-century England and dreaming and Gestalts with Passion Quotients and Healthcare Centaurs and symbiotic superhuman augmented intelligence. I look forward to digesting and re-reading this book several times!”
— Rupert Minnett PhD, CEO Cogense
“Augmented Mind is an extraordinary piece of work. It’s a window into the future by an exceptionally bright writer. The ideas Bates puts forward are clear, cogent and understandable to those of us not in the AI world. Although the depth of his technical expertise may be expected, the breadth of his knowledge is really impressive. I work in a creative field and especially appreciate his awareness regarding creative work. We are going at warp speed toward a new world. Augmented Mind is a roadmap. Fully recommend.”
— Bill Bowling, Production Consultant, Warner Brothers & Netflix
“A provocative, philosophically astute, and technologically savvy analysis.”
— Kirkus Reviews
After a decade on the front lines of the AI, facilitating the collaboration of humans an AI, he saw first hand how humans and AI were highly complementary and augment each other; and also how little this was recognized or researched. When his last AI venture was acquired, Bates created a global mastermind network of applied AI technologists and researchers to get more perspectives on these issues, with membership from Caltech, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, UCSD, USC, and other leading institutions and companies.
It became clear that while there has been a global arms race in AI and machine learning, it has been almost exclusively focused on replicating human intelligence. Augmenting human intelligence represents a tiny fraction of the total research and development.
This book explores how augmenting humans, combining human intuition and artificial intelligence, will herald an unprecedented era of productivity and financial success. The coming wave of human centered AI will help us solve the biggest problems facing humanity while also protecting us from rogue or weaponized AI systems.
The Augmented Age represents a massive opportunity not only for AI investors and technologists, but for all humans as it unlocks our unique gifts of intuition and human-centric intelligence for this next era. For all human beings, it offers the chance to harness our intuition and human-centered skills, areas that are not the focus of the current educational system.
Bates includes a framework for creating hybrid solutions combining AI, machine learning, and human intuition that can predict the future, improve our social lives, eliminate scarcity, and provide a clear roadmap to abundance and prosperity in the financial, health, and relationship industries that represents trillions in economic opportunity over the next decade.