Tomorrow begins right here as we embark on an enthralling and jargon-free journey into the world of computers and the inner recesses of the human mind. Readers encounter everything from the nanotechnology used to make insect-like robots, to the computers that perform surgery and, reminiscent of films like Terminator, computers that can learn by teaching themselves. Assuming no technical expertise whatsoever, author Blay Whitby steers a careful course through this futuristic world, revealing the pervasive impact of AI on our daily lives, in addition to discovering the biggest controversies to dog this fascinating field.
Author Blay Whitby is a Lecturer on Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex, UK. He has taught AI for nearly two decades, and his research focuses on the social and ethical implications of new technology. He is the author of two books and numerous papers, and is editor of Britain's foremost AI journal, AISB, and a regular commentator on this subject for CNN and other media.
"This is a clear and level- headed approach to the subject, it provides a readable account of where AI research is today and makes it clear what AI is not."
– Professor Noel Sharkey - Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Shef
"Whitby's book is exciting, informative and up-to-date. This book is a 'must' for anyone who wants to find out about AI."
– Margaret Boden - Research Professor and founding-Dean of Sussex University's School of Cognitive and
"Mercifully code-free, the Beginner's Guide is careful, critical, and affords a balanced and accessible entry-point into this complex and often misunderstood field."
– Andrew Clark - Professor of Philosophy and Chair holder in Logic and Metaphysics at the University o
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– Steve Grand - author of 'Creation: Life and How to Make it