• A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence

  • What It Is, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going
  • By: Michael Wooldridge
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Oxford's leading AI researcher comes a fun and accessible tour through the history and future of one of the most cutting edge and misunderstood field in science: artificial intelligence

The somewhat ill-defined long-term aim of AI is to build machines that are conscious, self-aware, and sentient; machines capable of the kind of intelligent autonomous action that currently only people are capable of. As an AI researcher with 25 years of experience, professor Mike Wooldridge has learned to be obsessively cautious about such claims, while still promoting an intense optimism about the future of the field. There have been genuine scientific breakthroughs that have made AI systems possible in the past decade that the founders of the field would have hailed as miraculous. Driverless cars and automated translation tools are just two examples of AI technologies that have become a practical, everyday reality in the past few years, and which will have a huge impact on our world.

While the dream of conscious machines remains, Professor Wooldridge believes, a distant prospect, the floodgates for AI have opened. Wooldridge's A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence is an exciting romp through the history of this groundbreaking field - a one-stop-shop for AI's past, present, and world-changing future.

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career for the aged

This was great for educating on the begining and basic foundation of AI and Machine Learning. Gave me enough to look for more. Being older with no current knowledge in programing I feel more informed about AI. No discussion of programming programs. You will hear this is nothing new and might be surprised how far back it goes.

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very basic.

I hoped there was more meat to the bone. I will be a good read if you have no clue about the topic.

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Informative and mostly fun

I enjoyed the book. It was informative and entertaining. A couple parts lost my attention somewhat, but overall it was good to well done. The voice performer did a great job.

One observation is that for all the conversation on this book about how amazing humans are and how very difficult it is to try to achieve anything close to human level intelligence or consciousness by our brightest AI researchers, the author concludes the book by saying "evolutionary forces" somehow created what we enjoy and experience as humans. That no consideration for intelligent design entered the picture is fascinating.