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  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World
  • By: Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by: Mo Gawdat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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By: Mo Gawdat
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One of The Sunday Times' Business Books of the Year

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 AI 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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©2021 Mo Gawdat (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

"From a brilliant mind comes a terrifying prediction." (Tim Ash, bestselling author of Unleash Your Primal Brain)

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THE Must Read book of this decade

This isn't 'A must-read'. It's THE Must-Read of this decade. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is here and understanding our relationship with it is as essential as dealing with Covid and Climate Change.
I am ready to make some radical changes to my life and to encourage others to do the same on the basis of what Mo Gawdat has written and read here. I'm discussing Mo's thesis with everyone I love. This is not just important, it's essential.

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passion of the author and reader

that was not cske but still eye opening and very good all the same

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The surprising wave of change so shortly after the internet

This is a must read for all I found the likely solution managing the coming changes very enlightening

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Incredible Book

Absolutely in love with this book. have been recommending it to everyone. It really outlines all the threats, challenges and possibilities of AI but also gives you a solution to avoid catastrophe. Mo read the book wonderfully, incredibly easy listening and not boring at all, it really captivates you as you listen. 10000% recommend!

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Off putting with fraught hyperbole too prevalent in the language choice

Just too much for me. I’m more than interested in the ethical downside but this was fraught and over emotional story telling.

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Very enlightening

Thanks Mo, for being a part of the tech team who created these monsters, and now you are making a lot of money warning people about them. The least you could do is give people the warning for free. Who is the greedy one.

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Excellent

Definitely worth listening to. Make this your next book. Great ideas, easy to follow, Mo does really well in explaining technical theories for the non-tech heads… and his voice is very easy on the ears.
Highly recommend.

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Wonderfully informative

What a wonderful book! Mo Gawdat provides insight and useful information on AI today and the possibilities of tomorrow good and bad depending of our nurturing of it! 5 stars

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Eye opening read

Such an eye opening book. Love the advice and the parent/child analogy/framework. Love the positivity and reassurance that our inherent goodness and love will come to the fore in the future.

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An important and beautiful book

It’s always a treat when the author reads the book, and for this book in particular it has to be read by Mo. I would say the most important thing is to stick with the book all the way to the end.

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