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Book review: 'The Artificial Intelligence Revolution' by Louis A Del Monte

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Artificial intelligence continues to grow exponentially every few months as scientists aim to improve this technology to benefit humans. In his new book “The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Will Artificial Intelligence Serve Us or Replace Us?” Louis A Del Monte addresses the pros and cons of ‘smart’ devices as according to him anything with this type of technology is considered artificial intelligence.

There will inevitably come a time when this artificial intelligence will equal and eventually surpass that of the humans that created it. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ and that’s where the term ‘singularity’ comes in. It is defined as a point in time when intelligent machines will greatly exceed human intelligence.

The purpose of the book is to bring this subject to the public’s attention and make them aware of the risks involved when the singularity occurs. This includes the questions of whether or not artificial intelligence machines are a new form of life, if they should have rights and do they eventually pose a threat to humans. It traces the beginnings of artificial intelligence and provides readers with different scenarios by experts in the field about how humans will fare in comparison to machines.

Chapter 1 is aptly titled “Human Naїveté” because it’s an eye opening account of how technology is creeping up on humans. With the invention of pacemakers and artificial limbs humans are already becoming cyborgs to the point where the line between human and machine will one day blur. DelMonte provides a time line for the next century regarding artificial intelligence that may seem farfetched but it’s worth considering. The one bright side is that humans may not be completely obliterated because in the near future there may no longer be such a thing as a ‘pure’ human.

“The Artificial Intelligence Revolution” by Louis A Del Monte is an interesting look at the subject of robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of humankind. This should not scare the average reader away because it’s easy to read and the author makes the subject matter understandable. It’s a must read for anyone interested in the subject and wondering where it’s all headed.

“I feel a significant obligation to provide a warning. If we do not control the singularity it will control us.”

*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.

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