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Three Top books about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
In this post I am going to talk about three books about AI and Machine Learning that I find a must read for every lover of these topics.
The experiences obtained from reading these books vary widely: one of them will talk about where artificial intelligence is heading, the different paths towards it, the possible dangers, and the ways to handle these dangers.
If this sounds interesting, read on to find about these fantastic pieces of literature, and don’t worry, I only speak superficially about the content of the books to encourage you to read them, there are absolutely no spoilers :) The Unfinished Fable of the Sparrows: It was the nest-building season, but after days of long hard work, the sparrows sat in the evening glow, relaxing and chirping away.
Imagine how easy life would be if we had an owl that could help us build our nests!” “Yes!” said another, “And we could use it to look after our elderly and our young” “It could give us advice and keep an eye out for the neighbourhood cat” added a third.
Or will machines, using their newly achieved human-level intelligence, surpass this threshold and achieve even higher levels of consciousness and knowledge than humans, allowing them to dominate the world, or even the entire universe?
“If a machine can prove indistinguishable from a human, we should award it the respect we would to a human — we should accept that it has a mind” In How to Create a Mind, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, exposes his theory of the functioning of the brain, based on the existence of hierarchical pattern recognisers, from which we project reality from its lowest level of abstraction to its highest dimension.
Throughout the book we can find many analogies between the underlying processes that are carried out inside our brains, and the fundamental processes that sustain a wide variety of technologies, mainly machine learning based, like virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, or self driving cars for example.
Although being oriented towards a reader with a technical background or interest, this book can definitely be enjoyed by anybody who wishes to wonder into how the brain could work, and to enter the mind of one of the greatest technological thinkers of our time.
“Because important things con in a case, you’ve got a skull for your brain, a plastic sleeve for your comb, and a wallet for your money” “All knowledge — past, present and future — can be derived from data by a single, universal learning algorithm” The Machine Learning world, can be broadly divided into 5 different continents, each continent representing a specific family of methods or algorithms that differs from the rest either on the paradigm that originates it, on the underlying methods to each family, or on the ways that the algorithms work.
The book starts with a small introduction to machine learning, followed by the main motivation of the work of the author: finding an universal machine learning algorithm that can be used to solve any kind of problem.
Book Launch of “Artificial Humanity. An Essay on the Philosophy of AI"
The relationship between man and machine has fascinated people eversince the writing of Frankenstein, where we are warned about the unintended consequences of the use and development of technology.
During the book launch at the Chamber of Commerce on October 4th, the author proposes to open a philosophical discussion precisely about human nature itself inlight of existing and future technologies, with particular emphasis on AI.
Many theorists working in the field of AI have identified a very relevant distinction: a sufficiently complex AI system can only choose among options;