Artificial Intelligence: Building Smarter Machines

Artificial Intelligence: Building Smarter Machines

by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson


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In 2011 a computer named Watson outscored two human competitors on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! and snagged the million-dollar prize. Watson isn't the only machine keeping up with humans. The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is booming, with drones, robots, and computers handling tasks that once only humans could perform.

Such advances raise challenging questions. Do Watson and other computers really think? Can machines acquire self-awareness? Is AI a promising or a dangerous technology? No machine, not even Watson, yet comes close to matching human intelligence, but many scientists believe it is only a matter of time before we reach this milestone. What will such a future look like?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512418262
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 1,245,424
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dawn of a New Age 4

Chapter 2 The Roots of Al 14

Chapter 3 Deep Learning 30

Chapter 4 The Rise of Robots 40

Chapter 5 Robots in Extreme Situations 50

Chapter 6 Socializing with Robots 64

Chapter 7 The Singularity 74

Chapter 8 Friendly, Hostile, or Indifferent? 82

Chapter 9 A Glimpse of the Future 90

Source Notes 92

Glossary 97

Selected Bibliography 98

Further Information 99

Index 102

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