访谈:《生命3.0》中文版译者谈AI必定造成技术性失业

本文是“华尔街见闻”对我的采访。在访谈中,我谈到了科幻作品,技术性失业,我第一次接触AI的机缘,我如何有机会翻译了泰格马克的两本书,我对他的观点的看法,翻译中遇到的趣事等话题。[……]

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《穿越平行宇宙》译后记

本文是我为我翻译的《穿越平行宇宙》所撰写的译后记。康德说,“有两样东西,我们愈经常持久地加以思索,它们就愈使心灵充满日新又新、有加无以的景仰和敬畏:在我之上的星空和居我心中的道德法则。”在翻译本书的过程中,这句话时常出现在我的脑海中。因为这两样令人景仰和敬畏之物,正是本书的中心课题。[……]

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Interview with John Markoff : A prophet in the age of AI (1)

Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots Book Cover Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots
ecco
2015

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us?

I’m proud to present this special interview with Markoff, the world renowned technological reporter, Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer, author of Machines of Loving Grace, and the conversation focuses on the trends of IT industry and technologies. [……]

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恩典之手:用手指「看见」海贝与时光的盲人科学家

Privileged Hands: A Scientific Life Book Cover Privileged Hands: A Scientific Life
Geerat J. Vermeij
Henry Holt and Co.
August 15, 1996

His fingers move across the surface of a shell, feeling the ridges and contours. One of the most accomplished evolutionary biologists of our time and the world's leading authority on an ancient "arms race" among mollusks, Dr. Vermeij is blind.

一位从小失明的生物学家,用双手的触摸,勾勒出了海贝曼妙的形状与演化历史。[……]

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宇宙的本质是数学

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Book Cover Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
Max Tegmark
Knopf
2014

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse.

译者诚意推荐:本书的世界观之宏大,仿佛让读者踏上一场横跨宇宙级时间和空间的奇幻之旅,穿梭于极小与极大的尺度之中。在醉心于宇宙之大的同时,却又不得不惊叹:人类才是整个宇宙中最难能可贵、最生机勃勃的诗篇。[……]

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人类简史:超越政治正确的历史观

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Book Cover Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Harari
Harper
2015
464

"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history…you’ll have a hard time putting it down."--Bill Gates

智人为何能成为地球的霸主?这位希伯来大学的历史学教授为世界呈现了一幅宏达的篇章,也造就了一本畅销全世界的科普书。[……]

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9个值得思考一生的哲学问题

What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy Book Cover What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy
Thomas Nagel
Oxford University Press
October 15, 1987
112

Arguing that the best way to learn about philosophy is to think about its questions directly, Thomas Nagel considers possible solutions to nine problems. Although he states his own opinions clearly, Nagel leaves these fundamental questions open, allowing students to entertain other solutions and encouraging them to think for themselves.

我们能知道宇宙的终极秘密吗?人有灵魂吗?自由意志呢?什么是对和错?死亡意味着什么?人生有意义吗?[……]

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Henrietta死了,但她的细胞会永远活下去

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Cover The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
Broadway Books
2011
381

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

黑人女性Henrietta Lacks于20世纪50年代死于宫颈癌,然而,如果没有她,也许也没有你和我。她用于活检的宫颈细胞发生了一点奇异的变异,使得细胞可以无限增殖下去,这就是人类历史上第一个不死的细胞系——海拉细胞系。[……]

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Valar Morghulis:凡人皆有一死

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Book Cover Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande
Metropolitan Books
October 7, 2014
304

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

这本书探讨了生命、医学以及死亡的选择。[……]

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A hallucination is a fact, not an error

Hallucinations Book Cover Hallucinations
Oliver Sacks
Vintage
2013
352

To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience.

Oliver Sacks讲述了各种各样有趣的幻觉。其实大多数幻觉并不是病态,普通人也会产生幻觉。[……]

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