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  • Summary

  • Will AI lead to the transformation of society as we know it, or bring about its destruction?

    Join technology journalist, Geoff White (The Dark Web), on a journey to discover how AI is already disrupting our lives. From warfare to the world of work, and finance to fine art, we experience AI every day - often without realising. Its effects will only increase in the coming years.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

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  • Ep. 1: Origins of Artificial Intelligence

    May 2 2019

    What do we mean when we say Artificial Intelligence? Geoff White (The Dark Web) kicks off with a look at what AI is, and what it isn’t. We learn how AI emerged as part of the Second World War arms race. Given its military origins, how might AI affect conflict in the near future?

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    24 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Machines Are Coming for Your Jobs

    May 2 2019

    What happens to people whose jobs will be taken over by AI? Journalist Geoff White asks if our increased reliance on computers is leading us on a path towards increased unemployment, poverty and social inequality. Some experts predict that AI innovations will evoke a golden age of new career opportunities, but what happens when an algorithm decides who gets the jobs?

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    21 mins
  • Ep. 3: Health

    May 2 2019

    Technology journalist Geoff White reveals some of the fascinating real-world uses of AI that are already being applied to improve our health. Physical and mental health alike, AI technologies are helping researchers to make big improvements to medical diagnosis and treatment. But should code ever be trusted with life and death decisions?

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    17 mins

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Just Scratches the Surface!

If you know absolutely nothing about AI and the ways it has recently been employed and tested then this could well be a decent way to pique your interest in what has to be one of the most fascinating technologies of our times. I, personally, know very, very little about AI but this series didn't take me any further or point me in any new directions.

It is an amazing concept to me, computers capable of making decisions that the humans that work with them have no way of explaining, it's real sci-fi stuff.

This series though didn't get me any further, I didn't have high hopes given its brevity but I had hoped for a little more. I was also a bit disappointed in some of the production values with some of the audio used being of poor quality and some of the speakers weren't the best.

So, I would recommend it if you literally have no knowledge whatsoever of AI and its uses but otherwise, you're unlikely to get much out of this one.

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Average Summary

Average Summary of the current AI state, rushed through many aspects and never really gripping the substance of the issues. Well read though

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annoying incidental music

interesting topic, but listening on headphones the occasional tinkly music while people are talking made this too annoying to listen to, for me at least, though others may not notice or mind. Please Audible, keep the jingles between the narrator's, don't add occasional pointless music while they are talking.

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Excellent!

Food for thought! I feel I want to know more! Great research and content. Enjoy!

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Ai

well as I'm not a big tech buff certainly gave me so much more information to think about in a fast moving tech world.
Great listen and will no doubt listen again

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Great Introduction to the subject

Informative and entertaining, with useful cases for specific applications. The programme covers a wide range of applications from military, stock market to Art.

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very poor adaptation to audio

it was like listening to a video, too superficial approach without much value about AI

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Very Interesting. Quite scary.

Interesting look at different areas that are being improved by the use of AI. Also shows the risks of using it and how its not always what its cracked up to be.

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why is it so important to develop AI?

No clear definition of what AI is and is not. No-one seemed to ask why AI is being developed to do the things it is being asked to do, and to become more human in the process. Why it should write music, create films or other video content, or write articles. My sense is that a lot of this is being done because we can, not that there is a real reason to, a need to be met, or a problem to be solved.

It often came across as a solution looking for a problem. We have excellent human composers, journalists, drivers, film and video makers, etc. Why do we want to create intelligence to do what we can already do so well and is a creative expreasion of what it is to be human? We already do not understand a lot of what AI does or how it does it. We will not ultimately be able to control it. When AI achieves human equivalence it will be game over for us. What is the point of humans if we want machines to run our lives and do everything for us, even to the point of making love and procreation? It seems to suggest that a physical human/AI connection would be a positive one, but doesn't stop to ask what we would lose by so doing.

Human intellect and capability is already atrophying through lack of use, and looks set to decline further. And we seem to be sowing the seeds of our own destruction, allegedly in the name of progress. This is what I hoped it would explore - why this would be progress.

I was hoping this would be a more investigative piece of work, but sadly not enough for me.

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glossary

you can't really complain about anything that's made and developed for your attention for free it's informative however its barely scratches the surface of a topic that you can go great lengths into

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  • 07-09-20

Surprising Extent AI is Being Used

This was an interesting look at AI in several fields including journalism, healthcare, banking, art and music. The extent to which AI is being used may surprise you. Journalist White interviews experts in several fields to discuss implications and more. A thought provoking listen.

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  • E. Wun
  • 13-10-20

Good Listen! 5 Stars!!!

Another really good audiobook from Investigative Journalist Geoff White. This audiobook covers basic concepts of AI and how it affects our current society and possible future ramifications due to the advancement of this technology.

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  • Vic Holmes
  • 04-10-20

Fantastic Series!

Interestingly, I used the voice dictation on my iPhone to generate the title and it originally put “Fantastic Siri’s” and then resisted my efforts to change it.

This was an excellent series created and narrated by the author which I enjoyed hearing. It was very informational and riveting in the extreme. And, I suppose it must be said, a bit frightening.

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  • Mark
  • 26-05-21

A radio program converted to a podcast

It’s an ok experience; I would just not pay for it again. It’s like the white noise radio program that is on in the background while you are doing other things...or at the doctor’s office. Content is shallow.
There’s plenty of fake news presented as fact while criticizing fake news. That’s an annoyance. The biggest challenge was some of the episodes were difficult to listen to-in particular if it was broadcasting through a Bluetooth speaker...better production required.
Overall, if it were just in the radio, I guess it would be ok.