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The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence

Amir Husain


Scribner Book Company

Mathematics & Sciences;
Impact of science & technology on society;
Artificial intelligence


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We are already living in the future. Artificial intelligence is playing an even-greater role in society: from the `weaponisation' of software to the possibility of a post-antibiotic age.

As well as outlining the history behind artificial intelligence, from the creation myth of Frankenstein to the advances made by technology innovators such as Elon Musk, Amir Husain asks the essential question: what is the future for humanity in a world that is dominated by machines?

Will machines solve all human problems or will they lead us down a dystopian path to human irrelevance? Husain asks what will be the consequences - from job losses - is Wall-E our future - to the existential questions: how are we intelligent, what constitutes progress, how can AI bring us to 'the good life'?

How can humans prevent ceding decisions to the network of autonomous systems that increasingly surround us?

By:   Amir Husain
Imprint:   Scribner Book Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   376g
ISBN:   9781501144677
ISBN 10:   1501144677
Publication Date:   December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

By situating the conversation around opportunities for AI to improve or extend our lives, this book provides a rational argument and reassurance to general readers fearful of an increasingly AI-infused future. --Library Journal Amir Husain's The Sentient Machine is a fascinating book that is sure to significantly advance the conversation about the many ways that artificial intelligence is poised to change global society. An inventor, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, Husain melds personal experience with in-depth information to weave together a narrative about the future. From vignettes about the impact of artificial intelligence on the battlefield to investigations of the consequences for financial markets, The Sentient Machine has detailed discussions that will appeal to experts, but it is readable for the general public. Highly recommended. --Michael C. Horowitz, Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain applies his brilliance to explaining the enormity of the implications of artificial intelligence, but does it with the skill of a mentor guiding his proteges to greater understanding. As it is emerging, AI may be the most profound force shaping every dimension of human existence in the 21st century. In this landmark book, Amir Husain lays bare not only the science of AI, but the many sectors in which AI will find a prominent role: from healthcare to warfare, where Mr. Husain is one of the leading theorists on the emerging concept of Hyperwar...warfare in the era of AI. The Sentient Machine is a must-read for all those who will live with the realities of the 'AI Century.' --General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.) Former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Should Artificial Intelligence be feared or embraced? Which industries will be transformed next? Should we allow autonomous weapons in the military? Can machines be creative? This book provides a sound, technical perspective while tackling core questions about science, society and humanity. We're at a crossroads, and I recommend this book to anyone seeking a balanced and reasoned view of the future. --Professor Bruce Porter, Chairman, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas, Austin In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain prepares us for a brighter future; not with hyperbole about right and wrong, but with serious arguments about risk and potential. --Dr. Greg Hyslop, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company

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