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Artificial Unintelligence

How Computers Misunderstand the World
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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In Artificial Unintelligence, Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally - hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners - that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work. Broussard, a software developer and journalist, reminds us that there are fundamental limits to what we can (and should) do with technology. 

Making a case against technochauvinism - the belief that technology is always the solution - Broussard argues that it's just not true that social problems would inevitably retreat before a digitally enabled Utopia. To prove her point, she undertakes a series of adventures in computer programming. She goes for an alarming ride in a driverless car; uses artificial intelligence to investigate why students can't pass standardized tests; deploys machine learning to predict which passengers survived the Titanic disaster; and attempts to repair the US campaign finance system by building AI software. If we understand the limits of what we can do with technology, Broussard tells us, we can make better choices about what we should do with it to make the world better for everyone. 

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

©2018 Meredith Broussard (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 06-03-19

Terrific book to understand the realities of AI

great narrative on our perceptions of and realities of Artificial Intelligence. True understanding of what these tools are, there shortcomings and pitfalls are is where real wisdom of this book is. Should be required reading for anyone living in the 21st century!!!

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