Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
One of The Sunday Times Business Books of the Year
'Technology is putting our humanity at risk to an unprecedented degree. This book is not for engineers who write the code or the policy makers who claim they can regulate it. This is a book for you. Because, believe it or not, you are the only one that can fix it.' (Mo Gawdat)
Artificial intelligence is smarter than humans. It can process information at lightning speed and remain focused on specific tasks without distraction. AI can see into the future, predicting outcomes and even use sensors to see around physical and virtual corners. So why does Intelligence frequently get it so wrong?
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 best-selling 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 30 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.
By 2049, AI will be a billion times more intelligent than humans. Scary Smart explains how to fix the current trajectory now, to make sure that the AI of the future can preserve our species. This book offers a blueprint, pointing the way to what we can do to safeguard ourselves, those we love and the planet itself.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 20 minutes|
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|Audible.co.uk Release Date||30 September 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,537 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The tone offered is that if a slightly frustrated uncle telling you stuff is bad - that our AI is based on the worst masculine style traits (in short: AI is a yuppie 80s stockbroker) - and then offering solutions to remedy the issue that do not come across as compelling in any way whatsoever.
Basically: life will be awful, it’ll all go downhill, the odds are totally stacked against you… but occasionally you’ll see your football team win.
I honestly can’t tell you if this is because Mr. Gawdat is trying to simplify immensely complex topics and get down to the crux of the problem for every type of reader.
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.
Or, it could be that this text was actually written (developed? Spawned?) by an AI bot which is why it was so sparsely referenced, simply circular and most annoyingly…
… uses ellipsis and mid line placement to stress what it thinks are important points, like an 8 year old’s creative writing.
There wasn’t much depth into topics: yes AI could be good or bad and it’s there in all the cliche ways you would expect.
I’m in education and have an interest in the (unsubstantiated) promise of AI for democratising learning, so read bits and pieces of articles online and that cursory reading covered everything I came across here. I really was expecting something new, critical or timely. But maybe this was for the ground Zero reader.
Maybe the writer was caught somewhere between accessibility and meaning when writing it. Or the AI bot, the real ‘author’, wrote it confusingly to simply assess our reviews of it to see how blasé humans were to their impending destruction.
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.
The solution-to-problem relationship is like trying to use afly swatter to bat away a nuclear warhead.
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 (?!?!?!)
With addiction rates, body dissatisfaction and every marker of anxiety, suicide, etc etc showing that the online world is having detrimental effects; the solution offered to stop the 80s inspired Cut throat AI is a complete non-starter.
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.
There are some lovely summaries though. And this section sums up the situation perfectly:
‘We are creating a non-biological form of intelligence that, at its seed, is a replica of the masculine geek mind. In its infancy it is being assigned the mission of enabling the capitalist, imperialistic ambitions of the few – selling, spying, killing and gambling. We are creating a self-learning machine which, at its prime, will become the reflection – or rather the magnification – of the cumulative human traits that created it. To ensure they’re good, obedient kids, we’re going to use intimidation through algorithms of punishment and reward, and mechanisms of control to ensure they stick to a code of ethics that we, ourselves, are unable to agree upon, let alone abide by.
That’s what we are creating – childhood trauma times a trillion.’
Good luck finding a happy end to all this out of that unless of course you do believe , as it asks you to, love will heal all.
This book has made me more interested in the subject though, and I would read more by the writer. It’s easy to get through if not compelling, if this was the starting point for first timers to the subject, I think they would have enjoyed the ride.
The chatty, offhand, simplified and repetitive dictated writing style was not to my liking and I found the few overarching points that are made to be extremely laboured.
Essentially, AI is coming, no-one knows what that will mean, but prepare for terrible things unless we all better ourselves and do more yoga or something. At times it reads more like a self help book, rather than offering any interesting insights about AI.
I hoped for much much more.
An enlightening must read for everyone!