Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 13 hours and 49 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Audible.com Release Date: March 15, 2016
Best Sellers Rank: #54 in Books > Computers & Technology > History & Culture > History #83 in Books > Computers & Technology > Computer Science > Robotics #114 in Books > Computers & Technology > Computer Science > AI & Machine Learning > Intelligence & Semantics
The following is a review of the edition of this work published in England. This was published in the United Kingdom approximately one year before being published in the US.The author of this book has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, has business experience in the field and, most importantly, is a very good writer (despite the fact that his native language is not English). Hence one would expect that the book would serve as decent introduction to the field for the layman. This expectation was met in the book.The author spends considerable time integrating literature, philosophy and language in his book and to very good effect. This makes the book very readable to the layman as well as providing some perspective, in terms of human history, to the development of artificial intelligence and how it may/may not interface with humanity as well as to how it has and can develop in terms of human history. This makes the book very interesting per se. It makes the road taken very education and thought provoking. This alone, in this reviewer’s opinion, makes it worth reading.With respect to discussion of the actual science directly impacting the field the book is also good albeit the level of technical discussion is not very great (after all, this book was written for a lay readership). Those with degrees in computer science would get little out of this portion of the book. Plus, the book suffers from many of the limitations epitomizing current discussions and analyses of the field. For example, the book follows much of the already existing literature in that it analyzes the development of artificial intelligence along the lines of human neurology and language development.
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