• The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

  • Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do
  • By: Erik J. Larson
  • Narrated by: Perry Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Futurists insist that AI will soon eclipse the capacities of the most gifted human mind. What hope do we have against superintelligent machines? But we aren't really on the path to developing intelligent machines. In fact, we don't even know where that path might be.

Erik Larson takes us on a tour of the landscape of AI to show how far we are from superintelligence and what it would take to get there. Ever since Alan Turing, AI enthusiasts have equated artificial intelligence with human intelligence. This is a profound mistake. AI works on inductive reasoning, crunching data sets to predict outcomes. But humans don't correlate data sets: We make conjectures informed by context and experience. Human intelligence is a web of best guesses, given what we know about the world. We haven't a clue how to program this kind of intuitive reasoning, known as abduction. Yet it is the heart of common sense. That's why Alexa can't understand what you are asking and why AI can only take us so far.

Larson argues that AI hype is both bad science and bad for science. A culture of invention thrives on exploring unknowns, not overselling existing methods. Inductive AI will continue to improve at narrow tasks, but if we want to make real progress, we will need to start by more fully appreciating the only true intelligence we know - our own.

©2021 Erik J. Larson (P)2021 Tantor

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Intelligent and Convincing

This book presents a cogent and compelling counterargument to the popular current theories of impending AI dominance of the human race. Unlike those who warn of a coming AI apocalypse the arguments are well reasoned and sound. Humans still do not have much competition in the areas of creative intelligence and the apparently simple process of understanding.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it to all and especially Kurzweill, Musk and Bostrum.

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