The Coming Wave

The Coming Wave

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Gabi's Review

The Coming Wave is a highly informative and refreshingly accessible read for anyone interested in the existential pressure to govern powerful but currently unregulated technologies. The book’s author, Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind, warns of the unprecedented risks posed to the global order by fast-developing technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.

While Suleyman recognises the potential benefits of such advancements, including the development of miracle drugs, the diagnosis of rare diseases, and the designing of sustainable cities, he also urges caution to ensure the safety and stability of society. He argues that the commercial imperative driving development often outpaces the ability of national regulators to navigate potential problems. He concludes that it will take an international co-operative effort, using researched-based decisions, to regulate these new technologies to ensure benefits to society.

The Coming Wave is an important book for our times that will give the general reader much to reflect on.

Publishers Reviews

Cofounder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind sounds the alarm on the unprecedented risks to global order posed by a wave of fast-developing technologies like artificial intelligence and genetic engineering

A stark and urgent warning on the unprecedented risks that a wave of fast-developing technologies poses to global order, and how we might contain them while we have the chance-from a cofounder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind. We are about to cross a critical threshold in the history of our species. Everything is about to change.

Soon we will live surrounded by AIs. They will carry out complex tasks-operating businesses, producing unlimited digital content, running core government services and maintaining infrastructure. This will be a world of DNA printers and quantum computers, engineered pathogens and autonomous weapons, robot assistants and abundant energy. It represents nothing less than a step change in human capability.

We are not prepared. As cofounder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind, Mustafa Suleyman has been at the center of this revolution, one poised to become the single greatest accelerant of progress in history. The coming decade, he argues, will be defined by this wave of powerful, fast-proliferating new technologies. Driven by overwhelming strategic and commercial incentives, these tools will help address our global challenges and create vast wealth-but also upheaval on a once unimaginable scale.

In The Coming Wave, Suleyman shows how these forces threaten the grand bargain of the nation state, the foundation of global order. As our fragile governments sleepwalk into disaster, we face an existential dilemma- unprecedented harms arising from unchecked openness on one side, the threat of overbearing surveillance on the other. Can we forge a narrow path between catastrophe and dystopia?

In this groundbreaking book from the ultimate AI insider, Suleyman establishes "the
containment problem"-the task of maintaining control over powerful
technologies-as the essential challenge of our age.