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The Age of AI

By: Henry A. Kissinger,Eric Schmidt,Daniel Huttenlocher
Narrated by: Eric Pollins
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Three of the world’s most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society - and what this technology means for us all.

An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI-powered jets are defeating experienced human pilots in simulated dogfights. AI is coming online in searching, streaming, medicine, education, and many other fields and, in so doing, transforming how humans are experiencing reality.

In The Age of AI, three leading thinkers have come together to consider how AI will change our relationships with knowledge, politics, and the societies in which we live. The Age of AI is an essential roadmap to our present and our future, an era unlike any that has come before.

©2021 Henry A. Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

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Little Substantive Value

While I was hoping for deep and unique insights from these authors, the output is a vague, directionless musing about what AI might be… or might not be, who knows?

The topic is incredibly important, but this contribution offers very little for anyone who already brings even a cursory understanding of AI.

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A snoozzzzzer 😪

This is the 5th book I've read on AI. To say this book is boring would be generous. No significant content....just the equivalent a lot of air & empty calories.

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Trite and Cheap

If you are looking for thought leadership any movie on AI in the past Century provides better content.

As you will hear in the last 5 minutes, the authors beg for internationally level discussion groups led by a few “preeminent thinkers” (clearly a job they want for themselves).

Just a god-awful read.

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very general. don't believe I learned anything.

Really only says things that have been common knowledge for a while. Nothing technical in the entire book

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what a boring book

this is my 4th AI related audio book. not particularly insightful, and really hard to listen to

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glowing reviews by those who should be in the know

Three interesting features drew me to this book: Henry Kissinger - the lead author, the subject of AI, and the glowing reviews. I am interested in rhe concept of AI and its ramifications for the future of USA and mankind. After I read the book, I realized that although Kissinger is listed as lead author, he is Far and Away not the primary author. Having read many of Kissinger's books, it's my impression that his contribution to the overall work was minimal, other than as a marketing draw. Of course I don't know that for sure, and if it turns out I'm wrong here, then I apologize. The prospective reader should not expect to find unique, earthshaking concepts concerning AI or where it will be taking our society. There is some general speculative benefit on a number of subjects, but this can actually be found in other works. In fact, I think I would have been better off re-reading Kissinger's very insightful and memorable 2018 essay in The Atlantic: How The Enlightenment Ends. I will end my review with a short list of related books that you may also want to avoid for any number reasons.1. Kissinger on Kissinger, 2. Possible Minds: 25 ways to look at AI.

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Hard to listen to

It was like hearing the same verse of a song over and over again. No bridge, no chorus. The narrator needs to change up his tone once in awhile. I found myself tuning out. Rewinding, starting chapters over , etc.
I haven’t finished the book. My mind would wander. I don’t usually have that problem. It felt more like listening to the headline of a news cast over and over, even tho the content changes, - It irritated me. I couldn’t hear the words anymore- just the “yelling” of the sentences. Everything ran together. I would have found it interesting otherwise.
After listening to narrators such as Lorelei King and Barry Eisler- I am spoiled.

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Important Framing of AI Challenges

I like how the distinguished authors considered ethics, technologies, governments, politics,and business when contemplating the potential future of AI and humanity coexisting. I would recommend the book for anyone interested in AI who feels they have gaps in their understanding of any of these fields or even if they are not able to change hats readily, because for the human species to thrive under AI it will require many more generalists to gather and be fluent in all of these areas of human endeavor. We need to think bigger as a about AI if we are to intercept its flaws in time - in their infancy while they can still be tweaked and not in their maturity when we may be victimized by them. Agile communities of forward thinkers who get it and are able to talk about it need to frame and facilitate the creation of failsafe technological and human protocols and processes. I mean that’s basically the goal this book hopes to bring about. And they say it in as many ways as possible, because humanity has built in resistance to contemplate these concepts. We are bored by hi tech, give it lip service, and give tech a pass too often. We can’t allow laissez-fare and we can’t allow monopolies of tyrants, so the EU seems to be the leader in moderating those two polar opposites.

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All speculation. No examples.

All abstract speculation and assertions. Almost no examples.

Examples are needed when discussing a topic like this one.

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Wortdy &repetitive but with a few unique Insights

If you know very little about AI and want to know more, and can you can put up with Long winded explanations, this is the book for you.

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