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Three of our most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society - and what it means for us all.

An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI-powered jets are defeating experienced human pilots in simulated dogfights. AI is coming online in searching, streaming, medicine, education, and many other fields and, in so doing, transforming how humans are experiencing reality.

In The Age of AI, three leading thinkers have come together to consider how AI will change our relationships with knowledge, politics, and the societies in which we live. The Age of AI is an essential road map to our present and our future, an era unlike any that has come before.

©2021 Henry A. Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

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A snoozzzzzer 😪

This is the 5th book I've read on AI. To say this book is boring would be generous. No significant content....just the equivalent a lot of air & empty calories.

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very general. don't believe I learned anything.

Really only says things that have been common knowledge for a while. Nothing technical in the entire book

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Little Substantive Value

While I was hoping for deep and unique insights from these authors, the output is a vague, directionless musing about what AI might be… or might not be, who knows?

The topic is incredibly important, but this contribution offers very little for anyone who already brings even a cursory understanding of AI.

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Trite and Cheap

If you are looking for thought leadership any movie on AI in the past Century provides better content.

As you will hear in the last 5 minutes, the authors beg for internationally level discussion groups led by a few “preeminent thinkers” (clearly a job they want for themselves).

Just a god-awful read.

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Important Framing of AI Challenges

I like how the distinguished authors considered ethics, technologies, governments, politics,and business when contemplating the potential future of AI and humanity coexisting. I would recommend the book for anyone interested in AI who feels they have gaps in their understanding of any of these fields or even if they are not able to change hats readily, because for the human species to thrive under AI it will require many more generalists to gather and be fluent in all of these areas of human endeavor. We need to think bigger as a about AI if we are to intercept its flaws in time - in their infancy while they can still be tweaked and not in their maturity when we may be victimized by them. Agile communities of forward thinkers who get it and are able to talk about it need to frame and facilitate the creation of failsafe technological and human protocols and processes. I mean that’s basically the goal this book hopes to bring about. And they say it in as many ways as possible, because humanity has built in resistance to contemplate these concepts. We are bored by hi tech, give it lip service, and give tech a pass too often. We can’t allow laissez-fare and we can’t allow monopolies of tyrants, so the EU seems to be the leader in moderating those two polar opposites.

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glowing reviews by those who should be in the know

Three interesting features drew me to this book: Henry Kissinger - the lead author, the subject of AI, and the glowing reviews. I am interested in rhe concept of AI and its ramifications for the future of USA and mankind. After I read the book, I realized that although Kissinger is listed as lead author, he is Far and Away not the primary author. Having read many of Kissinger's books, it's my impression that his contribution to the overall work was minimal, other than as a marketing draw. Of course I don't know that for sure, and if it turns out I'm wrong here, then I apologize. The prospective reader should not expect to find unique, earthshaking concepts concerning AI or where it will be taking our society. There is some general speculative benefit on a number of subjects, but this can actually be found in other works. In fact, I think I would have been better off re-reading Kissinger's very insightful and memorable 2018 essay in The Atlantic: How The Enlightenment Ends. I will end my review with a short list of related books that you may also want to avoid for any number reasons.1. Kissinger on Kissinger, 2. Possible Minds: 25 ways to look at AI.

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Hard to read and poorly researched

Lack practical examples, very theoretical, lack holistic point of view, low readability, I think just listening to podcasts or reading articles about AI is better than reading this book in terms of gaining an understanding

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an excellent well considered work on AI

Whether we like it or not we all need to think deeply about AI. Cuz in the words of Elon Musk once it's out there "Once it's reached gentle intelligence we will be incapable of controlling it." Cuz it will be unimaginably smarter than we are.

Before we get there we have to think deeply about how we utilize it now and what we should allow before turning over too much control to it.

tim #bgreen🌏

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A.I. Humm…

… “without human sensibilities, insight, and emotion.” Therefore, without favor. We can now see the truth about intelligence: is it innate to humans or learned; and if it is subjective? Bring it on, ready or not!!!

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light on answers

solid survey of all things AI and the many changes to come. But I found it light on taking risks or positions on what should be done or attempts to answer the many difficult questions posed