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Artificial Intelligence: Confronting the Revolution

Narrated by: James Adams
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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Summary

The robots are coming - but they probably don’t look anything like you expected…

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to revolutionize your life. Will it cost you your job, or give you a new career? Will it isolate or liberate you? Will it lead us all into a new type of war, or save us all from sickness?

The truth is that nobody knows, yet. But the AI revolution is fast approaching, and the world has little time to prepare. But prepare we must, because, as James Adams and Richard Kletter explain in Artificial Intelligence: Confronting the Revolution, what mankind has set in motion cannot now be undone - and it’s going to change everything.

In this ground-breaking work, Adams and Kletter clearly explain the potential and likely ramifications of AI. They show how ill-prepared we are for the forthcoming "fourth industrial revolution" and look at how human beings might fare as it unfolds. Meticulously researched and extensively referenced, this audiobook to the brave new world is created by two highly credible authors, who use all of their experience, insight, and contacts to give listeners a privileged look into that which is to come. This is surely a ‘must read’ for anybody who takes an interest in current affairs and social history, as well as those with an interest in technology.

James Adams is a former Sunday Times journalist and entrepreneur and a former Board Member of the National Security Agency who has worked with the CIA and the White House on issues including cyber security, warfare (including cyber warfare), espionage, and terrorism.

Richard Kletter has been a Research Associate at Stanford focused on new communications technology, an adjunct professor at USC where he consults for the DOD lab, The Institute For Creative Technology. He co-holds mobile software patents and ran a web content company funded by leading tech companies.

©2018 James Adams and Richard Kletter (P)2019 James Adams

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  • waggedy®
  • 25-01-19

A great listen - important and compelling

The coming societal changes related to Artificial Intelligence are enormous. Adams and Kletter offer a well-research, direct and relevant, and clear perspective of what’s happening and what the future will look like. This book is a great listen – important, compelling, and well written. It has led me to new thinking and terrific conversations with family and friends.

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  • Philomath
  • 23-02-19

The scary truth about AI

I’m extremely surprised that questions raised in this book are not common in mainstream discussions.

This book is about automation, machine learning, weak and strong artificial intelligence. It covers the benefits which are known, but more importantly it covers some of the risks, which are existential and extraordinarily high.

The authors are quite thorough in there analysis of the unregulated field of artificial intelligence and the possible ramification of continuing on this route. Invoking Technological Determinism, it is assumed that anything that can be made will be made, as shown many times in history, people are geared to react once the threat has been identified.

The book proposes that the paradigm shift alone from this technological revolution will change the balance of power and this has always come with violence and instability in the history book.

A very rare and wise book on what to expect with the advancement of AI.

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  • Flipside
  • 16-03-19

Political Miusing

Most of this book was a political agenda of what government programs and new laws should be enacted. Only two or three chapters actually talk about the technology and where it is going. I was very disappointed.

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  • Walter Stark
  • 10-05-19

Disclaimer: TDS

We’ve got another case of a loony liberal with Trump derangement syndrome who can’t help but to inject politics into everything.

We all know these types of people are unbearable, so if you were hoping for a nice conversation about AI without taking a ride on the “everybody who doesn’t agree with me is hitler” train, then pass this one up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

A.guide to the Future

A phenomenal Read from a pair of seasoned Professionals that apply wisdom to the subject and able to dissect the vicissitudes of life to be. I ascribe my utmost respect to the authors who poured themselves into the subject of AI ,always with the human element at heart and a genuine concern for humanity as we embark ON this journey into the unknown.
This book can be used as a prophetic guide whilst developing AI tools and technology and thus should be taken Seriously as We dive into the abyss with AI.

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  • wbiro
  • 23-06-19

Clueless, Negative, Elitist

The cluelessness and the negativity work together - i.e. being as clueless as an Oxford philosopher, why not be negative, since cluelessness is blindly destructive, and it will prove any negative prophecy right? So the core problem with AI is a universally clueless humanity, which the author is clueless about (blind to).

The author not only presents problems (born of universal human cluelessness, remember), but he offers solutions. The critical problem with his solutions is that they are elitist - meaning they are top-down solutions - only fit for a mindless, pliable populace of Barbie dolls to be played with by the elite.

More curious then the intended content was the author's self-perception as an elite - as if being a thinking person was that glaring where he comes from, enough to enjoy perks...

Laudably he slams China for using AI for authoritarianism (never mind the undercurrent of traditional warlord mentality being contained), but in a masterstroke of blind hypocrisy, his own solutions are authoritarian, and would benefit from such measures.

The general guidelines that he offers are trite platitudes - too weak to be applied to reality, and none broad enough to offer clueless humans overall life-guidance, meaning a path out of their cluelessness, which is the real underlying peril behind AI.

3 stars because he does present uncommon information, but you have to ignore the accompanying cluelessness, negativity, and the sickening elitism.

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  • 09-04-19

wow, just wow<br />

I've read all the other books lately regarding AI...
THIS book though, wow, just wow. SO thorough and well-presented. Fascinating listen!

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  • Dean Mathers
  • 02-03-19

A Great Book - If You Can Ignore the American Bias

I did enjoy the content of the book, it really covers the concept and future impact of AI on the world. Really worth a read for an up to date exposure to all industries and ways AI will impact them. The focus on the need to take action now and the clarity that governments are too far behind already is clear and well defined.

Shame the book was written as if America is the "good" in the world. The book is very biased and written as if other powerful countries are "bad". If you don't buy the lie that the America media and government has sold to the world you will find this book hard to swallow. If you can ignore this theme in the book and take the bias out of your reading, the book will be a great read.

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