- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (November 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501144677
- ISBN-13: 978-1501144677
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence
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“By situating the conversation around opportunities for AI to improve or extend our lives, this book provides a rational argument and reassurance to general readers fearful of an increasingly AI-infused future.” —Library Journal
“In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain prepares us for a brighter future; not with hyperbole about right and wrong, but with serious arguments about risk and potential.” —Dr. Greg Hyslop, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company
“Should Artificial Intelligence be feared or embraced? Which industries will be transformed next? Should we allow autonomous weapons in the military? Can machines be creative? This book provides a sound, technical perspective while tackling core questions about science, society and humanity. We’re at a crossroads, and I recommend this book to anyone seeking a balanced and reasoned view of the future.” —Professor Bruce Porter, Chairman, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas, Austin
“In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain applies his brilliance to explaining the enormity of the implications of artificial intelligence, but does it with the skill of a mentor guiding his protegés to greater understanding. As it is emerging, AI may be the most profound force shaping every dimension of human existence in the 21st century. In this landmark book, Amir Husain lays bare not only the science of AI, but the many sectors in which AI will find a prominent role: from healthcare to warfare, where Mr. Husain is one of the leading theorists on the emerging concept of Hyperwar...warfare in the era of AI. The Sentient Machine is a must-read for all those who will live with the realities of the ‘AI Century.’” —General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.) Former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan
“Amir Husain’s The Sentient Machine is a fascinating book that is sure to significantly advance the conversation about the many ways that artificial intelligence is poised to change global society. An inventor, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, Husain melds personal experience with in-depth information to weave together a narrative about the future. From vignettes about the impact of artificial intelligence on the battlefield to investigations of the consequences for financial markets, The Sentient Machine has detailed discussions that will appeal to experts, but it is readable for the general public. Highly recommended.” —Michael C. Horowitz, Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
Amir Husain is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and inventor based in Austin, Texas. He serves on IBM’s Advisory Board for Watson & Cognitive Computing and is the Founder and CEO of SparkCognition, Inc., an award-winning company specializing in cognitive computing software solutions that help businesses and governments better respond to a world of ever-evolving threats. Husain speaks at numerous SXSW, defense, cybersecurity, computer science, energy, and environmental conferences. Amir and SparkCognition’s work has been featured in publications, such as Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, and The New York Times. The Sentient Machine is his first book.
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Few books can captivate the reader with a perfect combination of the author’s own insights, but also invoke questions after reading simply a paragraph (something I found myself doing quite often as I read the book).
If you’re looking for a book to dive into Artificial Intelligence I highly recommend The Sentient Machine