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Artificial intelligence/robotics: Have we opened a Pandora’s Box? 

As AI and robotics eliminate jobs across the spectrum, governmental revenues will plummet while the debt increases dramatically. This crisis of limited resources on all levels - underfunded or nonexistent pensions, health problems, lack of savings, and job destruction without comparable job creation - will drive many into homelessness and produce a dramatic rise in violence as we fight over shrinking resources.

©2019 David Barnhizer and Daniel Barnhizer (P)2019 Blackstone Audio and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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  • David
  • 05-10-2020

Confused About Its Purpose and Premise

This is a very, very thorough exposition of the threats and risks of Artificial Intelligence's imminent arrival and likely result. At the same time it is very, very confused where it claims to be talking about artificial intelligence and somehow construing AI with the social effects of the internet, which is not relevant to the premise of the book. The social effects of the internet have nothing whatever to do with artificial intelligence, yet the subject occupies several chapters of the book. Using the social nastiness of the internet as an example of what would happen with AI-enhanced Humans might be the point for SOME of this belabored internet bashing, but the amount of, well, internet hating being heaped up FAR exceeds being just an example of our bad Chimpanzee traits that would come out more strongly with AI enhancement - rather it seems as if the authors are not sure of (or have lost track of) the purpose and title of their book, and they lose their way for a laboriously long anti-internet rant.
On a different subject - I used to really enjoy Stefan Rudnicki's narration, but he leaves me very flat with this one. His attempts at "performing" accents and female speech are not successful, at least to my ear. He also either is exaggerating a latent Eastern European accent, or he has decided not to hide it behind his former mid-western sound, and I do not appreciate the new style quite as much as I used to do.

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  • Rosemary Breen
  • 12-10-2020

I Dislike This Book

I found this book repetitive and aimless. The tone was inflammatory and judgmental. I learnt very little and ended up being more agitated than educated.

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  • Cruz Vicente Heredia
  • 11-01-2021

Better books on the subject out there

Very negative conspiracy and misinformed book
good thing I didn't have to pay for it

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  • Edward Lewis
  • 03-01-2021

Reads like Qanon Propaganda

After chapter 5 the book is no longer about artificial intelligence and more about a radical dystopian view of the United States under the control of some global cabal. Utter paranoid dribble of conspiracy theorists and not worth the time of anyone looking for a read on AI.

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  • Masha Merkuriva
  • 12-09-2020

Brilliant

loved it. It greatly represents and predicts how societies are likely to be without being too optimistic neither pesimistic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-2021

do not waste your time on this audiobook

a dumbed down, unscientific one-sided doom&gloom book lacking perspective. no wonder this audiobook is given away for free

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  • mcinjere
  • 30-04-2021

redundant redundant redundant.

blah blah blah. just repeating the exact same information for hours and hours.

i was really hoping to hear some new exciting information.

this book is so bleak and boring. no ideas or optimism.... which i could forgive if at least it were interesting.

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  • hairbear2012
  • 27-04-2021

artificial intelligence is cool

this is a cool idea about the future of jobs in life around the world if computers keep progressing at a faster and faster rate. I wish it was true. robots aren't here yet but their capabilities discussed in this book are limitless.

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  • Jerry Van Horne
  • 12-04-2021

A must read for all!

Everyone should read this book. Great insight to where the world is going explained clearly for all to understand

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2021

Prophecy like me

I like the lift in awareness. I don’t like the potential of all humanity will be eliminated. And the AI supports lots like it said so much. I wrote a short story, several short stories that match what has been revealed. Isaac Asimov seems to have been spot on.

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