After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure-but as Kaplan warns, the transition may be protracted and brutal unless we address the two great scourges of the modern developed world: volatile labor markets and income inequality. He proposes innovative, free-market adjustments to our economic system and social policies to avoid an extended period of social turmoil. His timely and accessible analysis of the promise and perils of artificial intelligence is a must-listen for business leaders and policy makers on both sides of the aisle.
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"This audiobook on how the development of artificial intelligence threatens jobs, thereby exacerbating income inequality, is flawlessly narrated by John Pruden. Kaplan's ideas on what artificial intelligence, particularly as manifested in robots, will be capable of doing for humans are astonishing. Machines that analyze information will outwit humans at such activities as making complex diagnoses, writing legal briefs, and analyzing big data. Pruden's lively reading blends well with the discussions on the moral obligations of developing and using artificial intelligence, topics that are often overlooked amid the excitement of the engineering. Pruden dispassionately portrays Kaplan's vision of reduced work and increased leisure time. His clear diction and good pacing invite listener engagement with the ways artificial intelligence will transform the way we live. S.C.A. 2017 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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