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Will AI replace us? A Primer for the 21st Century. Shelly Fan; Matthew Taylor.

By: Fan, Shelly.
Contributor(s): Taylor, Matthew.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The Big Idea: Publisher: Farnborough : Thames & Hudson Ltd 2019Description: 144 p.ISBN: 9780500294574; 0500294577.DDC classification: 190 Summary: The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing bursts of growth in the field of Artificial Intelligence - the science and computational technologies that teach machines to sense, learn, reason and take action. AI is already changing our lives, in ways that benefit health, productivity and entertainment. Are we on the threshold of an AI-dominated world, in which humans will no longer be necessary?
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This timely volume in TheBig Idea series surveysthe evolution of AI overthe last sixty yearsand explores how it'stransforming society todayand for decades to come.

Artificial Intelligence, which once felt like a far-off futuristic fantasy, is now changing everyday life. The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing bursts of growth in the field of AI--the science and computational technologies that teach machines to sense, learn, reason, and act. AI is already altering our lives in ways that benefit health, productivity, and entertainment. Are we on the threshold of an AI-dominated world in which humans will no longer be necessary?

Broken down into the past, present, and future of AI, Will AI Replace Us? gives the reader what they need to know in order to form an opinion about the revolutionary advances in technology. University of California, San Francisco, neuroscientist Dr. Shelly Fan expertly explains all sides of the debate, making the relevant science approachable for readers. Accompanying her intelligent text are numerous illustrations that add a compelling and informative visual element. Timely and relevant, Will AI Replace Us? is an important read in the Digital Age.

The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing bursts of growth in the field of Artificial Intelligence - the science and computational technologies that teach machines to sense, learn, reason and take action. AI is already changing our lives, in ways that benefit health, productivity and entertainment. Are we on the threshold of an AI-dominated world, in which humans will no longer be necessary?

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 6)
  • 1 The Development of AI (p. 16)
  • 2 The Capabilities of AI Today (p. 38)
  • 3 Limitations and Problems of AI Today (p. 64)
  • 4 The Future of AI (p. 92)
  • Conclusion (p. 126)
  • Further Reading (p. 136)
  • Picture Credits (p. 138)
  • Index (p. 140)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 144)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

Released in the "Big Ideas" series, Will AI Replace Us? features graphic elements and hierarchical paragraphs that use varying font size to differentiate the more important material. Despite its unconventional design, the book is informative and up-to-date. Fan (neuroscience, Univ. of California, San Francisco) covers the development of AI from the 1956 Dartmouth meeting that coined the term "artificial intelligence" to the present. She looks at the capabilities and limitations of today's AI technology and also at AI's future. In a particularly evocative illustration of AI's potential, Fan describes a Japanese coffee shop's use of a humanoid robot barista called "Pepper" that interacts with human customers using natural language processing, recognizes the faces of frequent customers, remembers their preferences, and detects their mood. The author speculates on predictions about the singularity of machines becoming more intelligent than humans (superintelligent AI). Fan reveals the disconcerting results of a survey, completed by AI experts, that predicts the occurrence of the singularity with a 10 percent chance by 2022, 50 percent chance by 2040, and an almost inevitable 90 percent chance by 2075. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Charles C. Tappert, Pace University