- Series: What Everyone Needs To Know
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0190602392
- ISBN-13: 978-0190602390
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Artificial Intelligence. What Everyone Needs To Know, is a very accomplished combination of introduction to the subject and discussion on the most important associated questions. * Alexander Armbruster, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * I found this to be well worth reading; it covers serious matters from an intelligent point of view and leaves one with much food for thought. * Peter Tyers, Concatenation *
About the Author
Jerry Kaplan is a serial entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence expert, technical innovator, bestselling author, and futurist, and is best known for his key role in defining the tablet computer industry as founder of GO Corporation in 1987. He is the author of Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure.
Kaplan holds a BA in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Chicago (1972), and a PhD in Computer and Information Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Pennsylvania (1979). He is currently a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, teaching a course entitled "History, Philosophy, Ethics, and Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence" in the Computer Science Department, and is a Fellow at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, of the Stanford Law School.
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What are some of the major areas that the book examines? He examines the definition of artificial intelligence, considers its intellectual history and explores the frontiers of robotics, computer vision and speech recognition. As he looks at the philosophy of AI, he explains his position on whether computers can think, have free will, possess consciousness, and have feelings. He doesn't think they do and deems it unlikely that they will.
The author also examines the effect of AI on law, human labor (basically jobs) and social equity. These issues currently affect much of our political discourse. Since I think that much of our society fails to appreciate the economic and social effects of technology, the book addresses matters that, in my opinion, need more of society's attention. The book looks at the possible future impact of AI. The author believes that the future impact of AI will likely mirror that of other technological advances; in other words, that with time AI will be viewed as simply another tool to be employed for good or ill.
You should be aware that the book takes time examining philosophical issues such as can intelligence be defined or accurately measured (probably not in the author's view), what are free will and consciousness (difficult to define in humans and probably impossible to define in machines) and feelings (whether computers will ever have feelings is mostly a matter of a human's personal choice). Will artificially intelligent machines ever rule over us (probably not, but no one's 100% sure)? This reminded me of another book published by Oxford on Complexity which described emergent conditions such as one or a number of water molecules do not possess the condition that we call "wetness," but a lot of water molecules in one place are commonly described as "wet". Maybe if we get enough of these machines connected and operated under a range of algorithms, then humans may discover that, as a large number of water molecules are "wet," a large interconnection of computers suitably programmed may start to look "intelligent," whatever we may mean by that.
Dr. Kaplan provides a broad and useful overview of artificial intelligence. If the topic interests you, I recommend it.