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Artificial Intelligence

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Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
4 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Will AI lead to the transformation of society as we know it, or bring about its destruction?

Join technology journalist, Geoff White (The Dark Web), on a journey to discover how AI is already disrupting our lives. From warfare to the world of work, and finance to fine art, we experience AI every day - often without realising. Its effects will only increase in the coming years.

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Lightweight and Superficial

There’s a great deal to be said about this topic. Unfortunately, this series just scratches the surface.

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Valid for today’s society

Enjoying listening to this audio book. Exceptionally relevant to today’s society. Brings to the attention of the listener key points for though now and in the future.

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Informative listening.

Great overview of AI technologies that I wasnt aware of. Great narration and moved along at good speeď

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great listening

I enjoyed listening to it. hadnt realised Margaret Bowden was hypothesising that long ago.

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  • Simon
  • 11-05-2019

Just Scratches the Surface!

If you know absolutely nothing about AI and the ways it has recently been employed and tested then this could well be a decent way to pique your interest in what has to be one of the most fascinating technologies of our times. I, personally, know very, very little about AI but this series didn't take me any further or point me in any new directions.

It is an amazing concept to me, computers capable of making decisions that the humans that work with them have no way of explaining, it's real sci-fi stuff.

This series though didn't get me any further, I didn't have high hopes given its brevity but I had hoped for a little more. I was also a bit disappointed in some of the production values with some of the audio used being of poor quality and some of the speakers weren't the best.

So, I would recommend it if you literally have no knowledge whatsoever of AI and its uses but otherwise, you're unlikely to get much out of this one.

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  • AjR37
  • 16-05-2019

Average Summary

Average Summary of the current AI state, rushed through many aspects and never really gripping the substance of the issues. Well read though

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  • Swordflasher
  • 16-10-2019

annoying incidental music

interesting topic, but listening on headphones the occasional tinkly music while people are talking made this too annoying to listen to, for me at least, though others may not notice or mind. Please Audible, keep the jingles between the narrator's, don't add occasional pointless music while they are talking.

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  • Mr J R Sermon
  • 10-02-2020

Very Interesting. Quite scary.

Interesting look at different areas that are being improved by the use of AI. Also shows the risks of using it and how its not always what its cracked up to be.

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  • Darragh Merrick
  • 03-03-2020

Interesting look into AI, past, present & future

I enjoyed this series, it looks into the origins, current uses and future and discusses the possibility outcomes of singularity

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  • GarethMJ74
  • 11-02-2020

Often naive and rudimentary

The storylines are okay and factual but they lacked depth and complexity of discussion that is warranted with this topic. They ignored the topics of bias and our ability to model and identify that bias. It ignores polyglot use of AI in chat where combining NLP with visual AI and emotive AI and suitable training could have solved today the problems raised in one of the sessions. Further, the series focussed on roles and studies that were out of date. Nutrition is great topic for AI as is machine supported food production driven by AI. Chef Watson existed from 2014, as did Watson Twist for cocktails. Ready meals are prepared by machines.

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  • K. D.
  • 10-02-2020

Not a great narrator

Very awkward to choose a narrator who can't pronounce 'robots'. I'm not sue I want to listen to an entire series on 'woebots'.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2020

Basic overview. Narrator badly copying Jon Ronson.

As above, it's a very basic overview in which the narrator badly copying Jon Ronson.

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  • mr r a boland
  • 19-12-2019

Insightful look into AI platforms

An insightful look into AI and how things could progress in the future definitely worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-2019

thought provoking

great but of information makes you realise how close we are to being made surplus to requirements