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Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2018
  • 9781785356704
  • 184 pages
  • $19.95
Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
How do we understand the world around us? How do we solve problems? Often the answer to these questions follows a certain pattern, an algorithm if you wish. This is the case when our analytical left-brain side is at work. However, there are also elements in our behaviour where intelligence appears to follow a more elusive path, which cannot easily be characterised as a specific sequence of steps. Is Intelligence an Algorithm? offers an insight into intelligence as it functions in nature, like human or animal intelligence, but also sheds light on modern developments in the field of artificial intelligence, proposing further architectural solutions for the creation of a so-called global Webmind.
Alan McDonald

As a metaphysical artist, I found this book very stimulating. Mediating a middle path between metaphysics on one side A.I on the other so the each informs the other is a skillful trick to pull off. This author does it exceedingly well. I found validation for long held principles, new approaches to familiar ideas as well as entirely novel and lucid offerings . This book arrives at a time when boundaries between of materialist science, metaphysics and A.I are merging into each other largely due to the advent of the internet, itself a macroscopic nervous system – also a notion explored in the book. Applying the language A.I to the topic of Consciousness is appropriate for the age we live in and this book does it very well. Guaranteed to generate a state change. 

Alex Vikoulov

A WOW! book by the digital philosopher Antonin Tuynman! Written for the lay audience in a clear and precise language, oftentimes in a matter-of-fact fashion, Thought-provoking, original and delightfully enlightening! It's one of those books that one can find insights on every page. In this book, Tuynman tries to define intelligence through the lens of digital philosophy, presents his well-grounded hypothesis that intelligence functions as a kind of algorithm, and gives us practical advice how to improve our own intelligence and problem-solving skills. In the last few chapters, that I personally find the most fascinating part of the book, the author goes more technical with clear-cut recommendations how to create artificial consciousness. Inspired by works of other prominent thinkers in the field, the author argues that emergence is the key to evolution towards higher complexity, and why sooner rather than later, we should see the emergence of self-aware Global Brain, Webmind. Besides being a great read that I could recommend to anyone, the book is referenced, cross-referenced and an excellent quick reference resource by itself.    

Felix Van

I just finished this excellent book that introduced me to how intelligence can be understood as algorithm. Along the way Tuynman supports his proposal with evidence from varying sciences. Chapter 5 presents a useful template for how to organize writing and thought that I found particularly helpful. And its a pleasant read too.    

Jay Kimooyoung

I enjoyed reading Tuynman's this new book. Many essential topics for intelligence well-weaved together in a compact volume.

Tuynman first goes about laying out what counts as algorithm. Then he draws its ramification for intellience in general, as well as for A.I..

He evetually moves on to discuss intuition as the sphere of intelligence not lending itself to an algorithmic construction. For Tuynman intuition reflects a vast entanglement working across collective consciousness of the human species, and as such it functions beyond the realm of algorithm.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to pick up some central issues of intelligence and consciousness and their relevance to A.I.


It's a really fascinating book, I felt my mind expand and my intelligence increase whilst reading this. I would recommend this book to all who are ready for enlightenment where science meets spirituality. Get ready for your your mind to open. 


Mark Roper

I did my best to comprehend all the ideas in this book which are vast and encompass many subjects, Including; aspects of religion, psychology, AI, evolution. As well as giving us ideas for coping skills to living in this world and being part of society. Antonin explains his subject very well and even gives the reader a mechanism to organize and improve the processes of their thoughts though. The later I will be experimenting with to try out its effectiveness properly over the next few months. Also the book is well thought out and points out that if we are not careful we could introduce a global AI that may not be quite what we were looking for or expecting due to its vastness of intelligence and complexity. After I had read this book, it fired my personal imagination for its thought provoking content. 

Matt Swayne

I am a big fan on Antonin Tuynman's writing. I particularly like his willingness to marry far-future technology with ancient religious and philosophical thought, such as Vedanta. He is also one of the most adept futurists in exploring fringe concepts and ideas, from quantum computers to the Singularity and the Simulation hypothesis. His latest work caught me by surprise. Initially, I was a little disappointed that some of the cool tech concepts toned down. But, the payoff for me was that this is Antonin's most accessible work. It's not just accessible, it's practical. Instead of just discussing algorithms and intelligence, he gives you advice on how to use the information, including how these algorithms can improve your own reasoning abilities and memory skills.
The book is also a primer if you're interested -- or worried about -- the coming wave of AI-driven technologies.
Later, he does discuss the wider implications of his findings.
All said, it's a must read for those thinking hard about the ever-increasing effect that intelligence and artificial intelligence will have on our lives and our future. 

Santiago Renteria

"Is Intelligence an Algorithm?" is a fascinating review on intelligence underlying structures and technological possibilities: from primitive biophysical processes and fundamental functions of life to Quantum Information Processors and Webminds. Antonin explores the nature of Intelligence by looking it through diverse disciplinary lens inter alia Physics, Metaphysics, Computer Science, Biology, Theology and Network Science.

Most explanations about complex concepts are accompanied by practical cases and daily life implementations, because Intelligence, the ability to achieve complex goals, shouldn't be a purely theoretical matter. For instance, in chapters 6, 7 and 8, the abstract study of emotions is complemented by emotional control techniques and artificial analogues of mental pathologies.

Along your reading you'll find useful strategies and heuristics for problem solving that may improve your intelligence and productivity. All of this written in a thorough way and interleaved with Antonin’s experience and fearless imagination. Sometimes theoretical explorations take you so far that it can appear as pure fiction, but as Arthur Clarke well said “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible”. No matter from where you come or where you go, I am sure if you are open to the mysteries of Intelligence this book will resonate with you.     

Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2018
  • 9781785356704
  • 184 pages
  • $19.95