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The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity

As publisher of tech research company Gigaom and founder of several high-tech companies, author and futurist Byron Reese has spent much of his life studying how technology influences human history. Reese's book looks at the previous technological advances made by humans: Fire, agriculture, and the invention of the wheel and writing. He suggests that we now face a "fourth change" due to the creation of AI and robotics. The Fourth Age explores various topics, including machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, the implications of extreme prosperity, and how these technologies will forever change humanity.

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By Kristen Lotze

Kristen Lotze is an Associate Writer for TechRepublic. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and previously worked as an intern in the Marketing and Communications department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.