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"Do you believe that future thinking machines are likely within our lifetimes?" After reading this book, the emphatic answer is, "Yes. Let's get prepared!" Easy to read, well researched, provocative and written in layman's language by Charles J. Simon, a uniquely qualified nationally-recognized computer software/hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. For thos "Do you believe that future thinking machines are likely within our lifetimes?" After reading this book, the emphatic answer is, "Yes. Let's get prepared!" Easy to read, well researched, provocative and written in layman's language by Charles J. Simon, a uniquely qualified nationally-recognized computer software/hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. For those imagining the future directions of computer intelligent technology, this book gives readers an excellent place to start. Many real-world examples are included for the layman with enough technical detail for the computer expert. "The march of technology will eventually lead to computers with more processing power than the human brain," says the author, Charles Simon. This book demonstrates intelligence in terms of a number of specific behaviors which are clearly necessary components of thinking and explains how each is not only possible in future computers, but inevitable. By analyzing intelligence in this way, it becomes obvious that computers with these abilities will appear to be intelligent entities. Also, the book shows how the descendants of today's super computer applications will manifest intelligence when running on computers a million times faster than today's. A concise logical argument is presented that various algorithms (such as those for speech-recognition, vision, simulation, goal-seeking and learning) which have limited application today but will be expanded across parallel-processing systems and will create the appearance of reasoned decision-making and cognizance in future machines. "This future is inevitable," Charles Simon, said. "Each of the described components of intelligence will be developed on its own because it will make a definite improvement to applications we are using today. For example, the text-based language processing capabilities are being developed in order to make Internet searching more useful. Similarly, improvements in speech-recognition, robotics and virtual reality will lead to many other components of intelligence for computers."


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"Do you believe that future thinking machines are likely within our lifetimes?" After reading this book, the emphatic answer is, "Yes. Let's get prepared!" Easy to read, well researched, provocative and written in layman's language by Charles J. Simon, a uniquely qualified nationally-recognized computer software/hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. For thos "Do you believe that future thinking machines are likely within our lifetimes?" After reading this book, the emphatic answer is, "Yes. Let's get prepared!" Easy to read, well researched, provocative and written in layman's language by Charles J. Simon, a uniquely qualified nationally-recognized computer software/hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. For those imagining the future directions of computer intelligent technology, this book gives readers an excellent place to start. Many real-world examples are included for the layman with enough technical detail for the computer expert. "The march of technology will eventually lead to computers with more processing power than the human brain," says the author, Charles Simon. This book demonstrates intelligence in terms of a number of specific behaviors which are clearly necessary components of thinking and explains how each is not only possible in future computers, but inevitable. By analyzing intelligence in this way, it becomes obvious that computers with these abilities will appear to be intelligent entities. Also, the book shows how the descendants of today's super computer applications will manifest intelligence when running on computers a million times faster than today's. A concise logical argument is presented that various algorithms (such as those for speech-recognition, vision, simulation, goal-seeking and learning) which have limited application today but will be expanded across parallel-processing systems and will create the appearance of reasoned decision-making and cognizance in future machines. "This future is inevitable," Charles Simon, said. "Each of the described components of intelligence will be developed on its own because it will make a definite improvement to applications we are using today. For example, the text-based language processing capabilities are being developed in order to make Internet searching more useful. Similarly, improvements in speech-recognition, robotics and virtual reality will lead to many other components of intelligence for computers."

36 review for Will Computers Revolt?: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Falk

    Right off the bat, the author wasted no time in capturing my undivided attention. Initially, I was both captivated and intrigued by the title - will computers revolt? Those concerns would be carefully addressed, however, many of them with no discernible answers. As it's regarded today, the ever-emerging field of AI is riddled with more questions than answers. This carefully scripted tutorial was divided into three major sections. To kick things off, the author proposed to ask the obvious question Right off the bat, the author wasted no time in capturing my undivided attention. Initially, I was both captivated and intrigued by the title - will computers revolt? Those concerns would be carefully addressed, however, many of them with no discernible answers. As it's regarded today, the ever-emerging field of AI is riddled with more questions than answers. This carefully scripted tutorial was divided into three major sections. To kick things off, the author proposed to ask the obvious question: will artificial intelligence become a vital part of our future? From a somewhat guarded position, Simon went on to declare that whether we want it or not, a computer gifted with super intelligence is a good bet to find a place in our future. It's only a matter of time. Continuing on, Simon, went on to define the most difficult task at hand - the meaning of intelligence. Much more than a simple IQ test is involved. To quantify the intelligence of AI, it would therefore need to be compared to a standard. For that it appears from the choices available the most likely candidate would be that of a human being. In no uncertain terms, the scientific community of today is unable to fully wrap their heads around the intricate functioning of the human brain – the mind. Apparently, that would be the first hurdle to conquer and a significant one at that. Once that's achieved, there would be a measurable baseline to interpret the intelligence of AI and chart it accordingly. The jury will remain out on this one for quite a while. Last but not least, the future of these intelligent machines was carefully analyzed. A double-edged sword, the author argued in favor of the development of AI yet warns of the potential risks to the human race as its unstoppable evolution marches forward. With our fingers crossed, we'll just have to wait and see. I offer my thanks to NetGalley and Future AI for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    I've been dipping in and out of this book for several months in between other activities. Each time I found the text easy to pick up again because I am familiar with computer terms, and because of the many pictures and diagrams. Slices of the brain, or transistors, or graphs of advanced neural networks or black box thinking. While the book is intended for higher level readers with understanding of cloud computing and so on, the author is good at explaining and takes matters one step further than I've been dipping in and out of this book for several months in between other activities. Each time I found the text easy to pick up again because I am familiar with computer terms, and because of the many pictures and diagrams. Slices of the brain, or transistors, or graphs of advanced neural networks or black box thinking. While the book is intended for higher level readers with understanding of cloud computing and so on, the author is good at explaining and takes matters one step further than we may be used to seeing in fiction. For instance, turning off a rogue Artificial Neural Network (ANN) computer won't be easy when it is functioning from several cloud computing units and has backup copies stored in advance. The early part of the book explains Moore's Law and the progress we've seen. The author tells us we'll cross the AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) line without realising it. Computers understanding what search results to present, or interpreting voice commands, or correcting grammar and spelling - they keep improving. Every step we take will seem like a good idea, every network link between cars and smartphones and traffic lights and satellites and fitbits, to paraphrase, will be done for economic and safety reasons - and then we'll have a supercomputer which knows more about our movements than we do. The author has identified facets of genius - ability to learn easily, to comprehend results, experience and practice, the ability to try out different paths based on facts, and the ability to know a great result when you reach it. He explains what we measure with IQ tests, and discusses how computer genius differs from ours. Next, how to improve upon the Turing Test and the now rather clunky Asimov's laws of robotics. Why would computers value us? At the start of the book we are encouraged to compare a person in a sleep or coma awakening as being similar to a powering-up computer; a baby learning speech and pattern recognition as like a learning programme. At the end, we get a nice little parable about a computer set to work as a teaching assistant. As to the future of computing and whether they'll revolt, you'll need to read the book and make up your own mind. The author guesses we'll just want different things - apart from competing for energy - but I didn't see the analogy of the computer told to be a stamp collector, deciding that everything made of carbon would be a good source of new stamps. The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life When Robots Rule the Earth by Robin Hanson would be the ideal book to read next, taking us forward into that future imagined at the end of Will Computers Revolt. Author Charles J Simon explains at the start, his practical background in the development of computing and how this helped him to develop models and insights. I consider that any reasonably interested adult reader can enjoy and learn from this book, but it will be of particular interest to those in the computer industry or studying the uses of ANNs and AGI. Glossary P288 - 231, index P233 - 235. I did not see any names which were female in the index. I downloaded this e-ARC from Net Galley. This is an unbiased review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quintin Zimmermann

    An exciting premise for a book about future technologies with a catchy title. Unfortunately, as scary as super-intelligent thinking machines may be, this ponderous book was ultimately dull. There was a great deal of repetition and the idea of mimicking our brain's internal structure is an archaic one. Whilst there was some illuminating information about the progress of future technologies, this book certainly did not live up to the promise of its blurb. An exciting premise for a book about future technologies with a catchy title. Unfortunately, as scary as super-intelligent thinking machines may be, this ponderous book was ultimately dull. There was a great deal of repetition and the idea of mimicking our brain's internal structure is an archaic one. Whilst there was some illuminating information about the progress of future technologies, this book certainly did not live up to the promise of its blurb.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Charles J Simon is neural network software pioneer. He shares his unique experiences about the rise of IA and automation. A very well documented book. #WillComputersRevolt #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

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    Artificial Intelligence is becoming increasingly embedded in many of the things we interact with and use daily. “Will Computers Revolt?: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” is a timely and informative text by Charles J. Simon, a software expert, and a neural network pioneer. This book is a revised and expanded edition. The text begins by describing the neurons in the human brain and their functionality. This Simon relates with the possibility of a computer to think just like a hu Artificial Intelligence is becoming increasingly embedded in many of the things we interact with and use daily. “Will Computers Revolt?: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” is a timely and informative text by Charles J. Simon, a software expert, and a neural network pioneer. This book is a revised and expanded edition. The text begins by describing the neurons in the human brain and their functionality. This Simon relates with the possibility of a computer to think just like a human brain. In the subsequent chapters, he defines the term intelligence and proceeds to explore the future of Artificial Intelligence. The book is divided into four parts that have been intricately broken down. In section one, the author presents an overview of future intelligence in computers. In section two, he expands on the General Theory with a map of various observable facets of intelligence. In section three, Simon introduces the Brain Stimulator II software which creates instrumental ideas in the book, and in section four, he examines his predictions on how intelligence will exist in future machines. The author poses intelligent questions to readers and maintains that in the future, computers will become the dominant intelligence on our planet. He further asserts that the emergence of intelligent machines will be gradual and decisions such as military operations will be made only in consultation with the computer. “Will Computers Revolt” will leave you wiser and informed. The catchy title and book cover arose my interest immediately. Reading through the text, I realized it was an interesting read, and the discussions expressed in the book lucid and plausible as well. The text embraces expectations that people anticipate and its use of present-day terms and reasoning will resonate with readers. A lexicon is provided for readers to reference while reading this professionally edited read. I found the writing style to be informative, neat, and detailed. This book is unquestionably a masterpiece and it is obvious the author did thorough research before writing this book. The well-illustrated visuals accentuate the thoughts and views expressed in this powerful read. I genuinely give “Will Computers Revolt?: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” 5 stars as it avoids all the hype surrounding Artificial Intelligence. It was refreshing reading a book based on facts and not hearsay. The author has delivered a scientifically sound resource that is a must-read for techno-savvy readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elentarri

    The author discusses intelligence in terms of several specified behaviours which he thinks are necessary components of thinking and intelligence. Simon then goes on to show how each behaviour is possible in future computers, but also inevitable. He also takes a look at how humans will interact with intelligent computers in the future. This is an interesting, methodical and somewhat plodding introductory book to artificial intelligence. There are numerous coloured diagrams to help with the explan The author discusses intelligence in terms of several specified behaviours which he thinks are necessary components of thinking and intelligence. Simon then goes on to show how each behaviour is possible in future computers, but also inevitable. He also takes a look at how humans will interact with intelligent computers in the future. This is an interesting, methodical and somewhat plodding introductory book to artificial intelligence. There are numerous coloured diagrams to help with the explanations. Also numerous thought experiments and comparisons between machine and human brain functioning. This book provides food for thought, but came across as a course text book for the subject, with repetitions. I felt like I was in a collage classroom being lectured at. _____________ NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book. _______________

  7. 4 out of 5

    Saad Shakil

    Fantastic app to read books

  8. 4 out of 5

    Allyn Nichols

    Something which has been phophesised since the early 50's.... A sweift answer would be yes and when it happens it will indeed be the end of the human race. Stephen Hawking warned the world about this just before he passed away. AI is dangerous and the more it progresses the more likely we're all up for a Darwin Award Something which has been phophesised since the early 50's.... A sweift answer would be yes and when it happens it will indeed be the end of the human race. Stephen Hawking warned the world about this just before he passed away. AI is dangerous and the more it progresses the more likely we're all up for a Darwin Award

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    Nathan Albright

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darya

    Very likable reading about AI. The topic is extremely important and many talking about AI. It is visible that author is giving a deep overview of the concept and, if you decide to read this book, guaranteed time is not wasted. Being keen on getting information and latest updates on SO and emerging technologies, I found a lot of interesting facts and stories. The book is very engaging and sometimes sounds futuristic. Having said that, we need to keep in mind that a couple of decades ago modern mo Very likable reading about AI. The topic is extremely important and many talking about AI. It is visible that author is giving a deep overview of the concept and, if you decide to read this book, guaranteed time is not wasted. Being keen on getting information and latest updates on SO and emerging technologies, I found a lot of interesting facts and stories. The book is very engaging and sometimes sounds futuristic. Having said that, we need to keep in mind that a couple of decades ago modern mobile phones were also a futuristic idea and they used to be called pocket PCs. Recommended for anyone interested in modern tech trends.

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