Review 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 details the origins of AI, explores its applications, and speculates with relish about AI’s wider, wilder potential – for good, ill or an unknown moral hinterland. For many, the idea of AI conjures sci-fi killer robots and malevolent digital minds. Perhaps that’s because the giant electronic brains of the 1960s failed to fulfill their publicized potential, Dormehl believes 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 – as a “wide AI” looms. Dormehl describes how this presages great benefit or perhaps a “Technological Singularity” that will displace humanity from cognitive dominance. Automation may take your job, but new “high-touch, artisan” jobs and undreamed-of careers will occupy adaptable workers. Dormehl’s smart, salient guide is well suited for technology watchers, futurists, investors and progressive innovators.
About the Author
United Kingdom-based journalist Luke Dormehl's previous books include The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems...and Create More.