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The future is now. Artificial "machine" intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars and automatic checkout at the drugstore and are unable to live without our smartphones. The discussion around AI is largely polarized; people think either machines will solve all problems for everyone or they will lead us down a dark, dystopian path into total human irrelevance. Regardless of what you believe, the idea that we might bring forth intelligent creation can be intrinsically frightening. But what if our greatest role as humans so far is that of creators?
Amir Husain, a brilliant inventor and computer scientist, argues that we are on the cusp of writing our next and greatest creation myth. It is the dawn of a new form of intellectual diversity, one that we need to embrace in order to advance the state of the art in many critical fields, including security, resource management, finance, and energy. In The Sentient Machine, he addresses broad existential questions surrounding the coming of AI: Why are we valuable? What can we create in this world? How are we intelligent? What constitutes progress for us? And how might we fail to progress?
Husain boils down complex computer science and AI concepts into clear, plainspoken language and draws from a wide variety of cultural and historical references to illustrate his points. Ultimately, he challenges many of our societal norms and upends assumptions we hold about "the good life".
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By Philomath on 11-21-17
Interesting take on Artificial Intelligence
Written by a computer scientist, this book was quite informative, and had a good grounding on how AI will develop in to a Super Intelligence, which is rarely discussed in such a prevailing subject.
It is quite unnerving to think the pursuit of a strong super AI is analogous to the development of weapons with the prisoners dilemma logic, making it an arms race of sorts. The author might be quite right to think Pandora's box has been opened, and there's no going back.
This book is somewhat unique in its acceptance that Super Artificial Intelligence will surpass humans at every level and become sentient, but optimistic in its predictions of a benevolent AI.
A good book with a positive attitude towards what's coming.
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By John on 01-08-18
Seminal book on an AI-enhanced future
Amir Husain paints a realistic picture of what the future looks like with AI pervading all aspects of society. This is a pragmatic and practical book about the future. Clearly a successful technologist and entrepreneur, Amir also dives into the philosophical and ethical questions which arise when considering how AI will be utilized in applications ranging from advertising to military. If you want to understand how AI is changing, and will transform, all aspects of human society, this book is a must-read(listen).
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