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The AI Delusion

Gary Smith



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Oxford University Press
28 August 2018
Gary Smith argues that we should not be intimidated into thinking that computers are infallible, that data-mining is knowledge discovery, that black boxes should be trusted. Let's trust ourselves to judge whether statistical patterns make sense and are therefore potentially useful, or are merely coincidental and therefore fleeting and useless. Human reasoning is fundamentally different from artificial intelligence, which is why it is needed more than ever.
By:   Gary Smith
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 202mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   406g
ISBN:   9780198824305
ISBN 10:   0198824300
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   28 August 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gary Smith is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics at Pomona College. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and was an Assistant Professor there for seven years. He has won two teaching awards and written (or co-authored) more than eighty academic papers and twelve books including Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie With Statistics, What the Luck? The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives, and Money Machine: The Surprisingly Simple Power of Value Investing. His research has been featured by Bloomberg Radio Network, CNBC, The Brian Lehrer Show, Forbes, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Motley Fool, Newsweek, and BusinessWeek.

Reviews for The AI Delusion

Prof Smith delivers a strong defense of the scientific method - theory before data - and clearly demonstrates the limitations of 'AI' and 'Big Data'. - Chris Nelson, CFO Universal Studios Hollywood Data professionals and consumers can benefit from Smith's entertaining and accessible demonstration that more computing power and more data do not imply more intelligence. We need to have more confidence in our human intellect. Humans may have common sense and an appreciation of context. Computers uniformly have none. - Eric Engberg, Data Scientist and Software Engineer, Wells Fargo You won't need a degree in linear algebra or multivariate calculus to understand Gary Smith's The AI Delusion -- a no-nonsense look at the limitations of Big Data. - Andrew Sloves, Former Managing Director at JP Morgan Professor Gary Smith demonstrates why artificial intelligence doesn't live up to the hype. He uses a wide variety of real-world examples to illustrate the risks of taking humans out of the decision-making process. The book is required reading for all organizations that are looking to make critical decisions based solely on artificial intelligence. - Karl J. Meyer, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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