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Random House presents the audiobook edition of AIQ by Nick Polson and James Scott, read by Nick Polson and Walter Dixon.

AIQ is based on a simple premise: if you want to understand the modern world, then you have to know a little bit of the mathematical language spoken by intelligent machines. AIQ will teach you that language but in an unconventional way, anchored in stories rather than equations.

You will meet a fascinating cast of historical characters who have a lot to teach you about data, probability and better thinking. Along the way, you'll see how these same ideas are playing out in the modern age of big data and intelligent machines, and how these technologies will soon help you to overcome some of your built-in cognitive weaknesses, giving you a chance to lead a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Nick Polson, James Scott (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"There comes a time in the life of a subject when someone steps up and writes the book about it. AIQ explores the fascinating history of the ideas that drive this technology of the future and demystifies the core concepts behind it; the result is a positive and entertaining look at the great potential unlocked by marrying human creativity with powerful machines." (Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics) 

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Amazingly well explained for beginners

Very interesting and well explained, it covers the necessary details to make it more appealing and understandable.

I would rather there was a bit less of personal stories of the main characters who changed the course of AI's history, although I understand it is important to know where it all came from.

I am new to the AI world and I am already fascinated by its power and simplicity!

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Not an AI Book

I feel a little bad leaving this review but that book was a slog. It is not centred around Artificial Intelligence, rather it refers to it through countless stories of history, probability and statistics. Considering the target demographic, it also comes across as slightly pretentious with the mathematics.

It does explain a few basic concepts of AI but you have to endure long minutes of anecdotal and recorded history to get to them. I can see where the authors were aiming but sadly, for me, they shot under the target.

I think there is about 30 minutes on Florence Nightingale and, as awesome as she was, the resultant AI comparison at the end of her story doesn't reward you for that period of dedication.

If you like history combined with data and statistics, great read, if you like AI, not so much.

Unfortunately 40% History, 30% Statistics and Probability, 5% Data Waffle only leaves the remaining space for AI.

Sorry, harsh but true.

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brilliant

i thought there were nteresting real life cases used to explain concept and technical features of AI.