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The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence
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Amir Husain
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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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The future is now. Acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain explains how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence--and not only survive, but thrive. Artificial machine intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars, automatic checkout at the drugstore, and are unable to live without our smartphones. The discussion around AI is polarized; people think either machines will solve all problems for everyone, or they will lead us down a dark, dystopian path into total human irrelevance. Regardless of what you believe, the idea that we might bring forth intelligent creation can be intrinsically frightening. But what if our greatest role as humans so far is that of creators?

Amir Husain, a brilliant inventor and computer scientist, argues that we are on the cusp of writing our next, and greatest, creation myth. It is the dawn of a new form of intellectual diversity, one that we need to embrace in order to advance the state of the art in many critical fields, including security, resource management, finance, and energy. In The Sentient Machine, 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). He addresses broad existential questions surrounding the coming of AI: Why are we valuable? What can we create in this world? How are we intelligent? What constitutes progress for us? And how might we fail to progress? Husain boils down complex computer science and AI concepts into clear, plainspoken language and draws from a wide variety of cultural and historical references to illustrate his points. Ultimately, Husain challenges many of our societal norms and upends assumptions we hold about the good life.

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

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 proteg s 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 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 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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