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This book was a dud for me. One would think any book on machines becoming more human like would be a winner. One would be wrong. I found his mostly current musings on the topic trite and superficial (maybe I'm being redundant, but when a book is as superfluous as this book I don't mind being redundant with my insults). Even his tying autism into his story seemed to lack depth of any kind. I have no idea why this author wrote the book, but the first rule of book writing should be along the lines of assuming that the reader is interested in the topic and wants to learn something new. The book fails that first rule.
One other thing: Shame on the New York Times and their book review section. They had Ray Kurzweil write the review for this book and "Thinking Machine" within a double review, and he wrote a really, really favorable review for both books. Nothing wrong with that since that's a matter of opinion, but they really, really should have warned the reader that both books sung the praises of Kuzrweill within their texts and that the reviewer might not have been able to separate that from an honest review (I'm not saying that Kurzweil didn't like the books, but I wish I had been warned of the potential conflict that the reviewer would have in giving an honest review). For me, both books were duds, insignificant, lacked depth, and I would have been better off re-reading a Kurzweil book.
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I looked forward to listening to this book. And I was not disappointed. the choice of narrator was inspired. He added an air of authenticity to the subject. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. A brilliant primer to the subject for the uninitiated. Sufficiently academic to ensure rigour in thought.
This is a great overview of the current state of the art in artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on emotional computing. The author provides some well reasoned predictions about possible future technologies and opens up a line of thinking about the future of humanity's interaction with technology
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