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Posted October 29, 2013
When I first heard about this book, I was very excited. The top
When I first heard about this book, I was very excited. The topic of "artificial" intelligence is rarely talked about seriously in all but the most academic of circles. However, as I began reading, I quickly noticed two main issues with the book. First, the author has a subtle agenda that becomes increasingly more palpable as the pages turn. Secondly, the author fails to mention the most important fact revolving around the debate of AI: We have yet to even deliver a coherent and unified definition of intelligence. The author, in my opinion, makes the mistake that so many others who are not directly involved in studying complex systems make. By stripping "intelligence" of high level motifs such as emotions and other intrinsic motivators, we are left with the dilemma of explaining why they exist across species and systems (at least functionally) in the first place. Although Our Final Invention serves as a good entry level book, too many assumptions are made. The perils and promises of the emergence of intelligence in silico will most likely define this century, and should be discussed with a sufficient amount of objectivity.
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Posted June 11, 2014
I could not put this book down. Barrat writes in a style that is
I could not put this book down. Barrat writes in a style that is easy to follow and fun to read, and I came away with a much deeper understanding of artificial intelligence and the accompanying challenges, benefits, and threats.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Barrat does an excellent job of explaining difficult technical concepts in a way that would be easy to follow for even someone who is completely unfamiliar with the ideas. However, this does not stop him from discussing advanced topics in great length. The book is well-researched and gives a thorough account of the biggest questions that remain for AI researchers today.
Overall, an excellent read. Great for anyone interested in technology, artificial intelligence, or existential risks.
Posted June 4, 2014
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