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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

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Rainbows End

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The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur, #1)

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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

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The Technological Singularity

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Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence

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