Admit it, we can’t easily purge technology out of our lives even if we wanted to because the benefits it offers are too appealing to resist. This reliance could be risky as digital gadgets and services are prone to failure if not optimally configured. Read what these experts have to say in their writings that dissect the perils of machine science.
Possible Minds: 25 ways of looking at AI
Edited by John Brockman
Foreseeing Al as both the Second Coming and the Apocalypse at the same time, Brockman assembles notable brilliant minds and thinkers who ponder on the predictions of a 1950 book, The Human Use of Human Beings.
From Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn to robotics entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, not all experts are on the same page. The debate is still on the possible threats caused by AI, but whatever happens, we should proceed with caution.
The Efficiency Paradox: What big data can’t do
By Edward Tenner
You would think that machine learning would streamline our lives with all that predictive data. But human taste can change, deviating from the established patterns. Tenner defines efficiency as “processing transactions with
a minimum of waste” and outlines the origins of efficiency-obsessed algorithms.
Productive surprises thwart the uniformity of data-backed processes, hence strategies for balancing algorithms and common sense
By Max Tegmark
Are you prepared to coexist with artificial intelligence? In fact, we are unknowingly letting it slide into our lives by their creators without any formal introduction. Physicist Tegmark identifies the development and dire consequences of AI surpassing the human race.
Making terms and topics easy to digest, you’ll discover that privacy is now a luxury and our predictable behaviour is within the calculated algorithmic grasp of the AI
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a focused life in a noisy world
By Cal Newport
Most urbanites may feel antsy without a smartphone. Sure, staying connected to people is essential in modern times but can you use it out of necessity instead of habit? Newport acknowledges the necessity of digital life while keeping online cravings in check.
Each log-in has to be intentional in order to add value to our lives. Otherwise, act on the book’s suggestions and pull out the plug if the recreational usage goes out of hand.
Hello World: Being human in the age of algorithms
By Hannah Fry
As a mathematician, Fry breaks down the complicated algorithms used by various industries like justice, transport and medicine, making us reconsider our dependency on them. Although humans programmed these problem-solving machines, we still need a human heart to judge and execute the offered solutions.
After all, algorithms are only as good as the information being fed to them, making them biased from the start.
These titles are available at Books Kinokuniya.