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Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World

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Be polite to machines, to AI, phones, thank them. Show machines how we want to be treated by treating them that way. I do not know if it’s because he’s a slave to the conversational style he used to create this (narrating rather than writing the book) which changes the feel utterly, and it does have shades of reading a transcript at times.

We should teach others so we collectively become smarter at identifying AI that is good for humanity. "Matching algorithm" on recommendation engines is actually a filtering algo or just trying to convince you to buy what other people bought. Think about the last time you swatted a fly or a mosquito. It was probably hard to garner much empathy for the insect. Conversely, it was ostensibly IMPOSSIBLE for the insect to even come anywhere near understanding you, your motivations, your abilities, your traps, or your next move. Gawdat’s writing style is also a plus. It’s conversational, which means it’s like sitting down with a friend (albeit a very informed one) for a chat about the future. There’s no heavy academic jargon here, and I truly appreciated that. It made the reading experience fluid and engaging.The answer is us. Humans design the algorithms that define the way that AI works, and the processed information reflects an imperfect world. Does that mean we are doomed? In Scary Smart , Mo Gawdat, the internationally bestselling author of Solve for Happy , draws on his considerable expertise to answer this question and to show what we can all do now to teach ourselves and our machines how to live better. With more than thirty years' experience working at the cutting-edge of technology and his former role as chief business officer of Google [X], no one is better placed than Mo Gawdat to explain how the Artificial Intelligence of the future works. I could imagine the AI bot literally dredged up the fist half of the book’s section from a ‘doom and gloom of AI’ search and then the other half from ‘positive online mentality’ one. Then a chapter on love which you could have put in or taken from ANY self-development book of the last 20 years. But according to Gowat, we’re at the beginning of a similar, but WAY more consequential sigmoid with AI.

It’s also worth remembering that his ‘be more discerning’ solution aimed at adults, is at least in line with a POSSIBLE reality of people his age who Remember a life without phones AND INTERNET. Asking the upcoming generation to have those traits is chocolate teapot time. Scary Smart will teach you how to navigate the scary and inevitable intrusion of Artificial Intelligence, with an accessible blueprint for creating a harmonious future alongside AI. From Mo Gawdat, the former Chief Business Officer at Google [X] and bestselling author of Solve for Happy. I read a borrowed copy of this book courtesy of my local indie bookstore, which is hosting a talk on the subject of AI soon.Google X under Gawdat was DEEPLY invested in AI and Quantum Computing. The intersection of which is where all the SERIOUS concerns come from. I’m not sure where the positivity spoken of is - Gawdat’s answer is again, like so much current tosh: be stoic and mindful in the face of the unrelenting tsunami of social media, online advertising and coercion activity, and In doing this we will teach AI to be nice (?!?!?!) By following a strict prescriptive method, we become dumber, because we lose the ability to think for ourselves."

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