Summary of Thinking Machines
From THINKING MACHINES by Luke Dormehl. Summarized by arrangement with TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
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In his engaging overview of artificial intelligence (AI), tech journalist Luke Dormehl lucidly sets out the origins of AI, probes its applications, and speculates with relish about its wider, wilder potential – for good, ill or some moral hinterland. For many, the idea of AI conjures sci-fi killer robots and malevolent digital minds. Perhaps because the giant electronic brains of the 1960s failed to fledge fully, many people missed the birth of exponential new paradigms of self-learning neural networks inspired by neuroscience. “Narrow AI” pervades modern life – in wearable devices, smartphones, smart homes, translation apps, digital assistants, and more – while a “wide AI” looms. This presages great benefit – or maybe a “Technological Singularity” that will displace humanity from cognitive dominance. Automation may take your job, but new “high-touch, artisan” and unimaginable careers will occupy adaptable workers. getAbstract recommends this smart, salient guide to technology watchers, futurists, investors and progressive innovators.
In this book, you will learn
- How learning-capable neural networks revolutionized artificial intelligence (AI),
- How AI usurps jobs but generates new forms of employment, and
- How AI opens up possibilities like the “mind-clone” and vast explosions of intelligence.
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