The AI Delusion

Version: Unabridged
Author: Gary Smith
Narrator: Gary Smith
Genres: Computers
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: November 2018
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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We live in an incredible period in history. The Computer Revolution may be even more life-changing than the Industrial Revolution. We can do things with computers that could never be done before, and computers can do things for us that could never be done before. But our love of computers should not cloud our thinking about their limitations. We are told that computers are smarter than humans and that data mining can identify previously unknown truths, or make discoveries that will revolutionize our lives. Our lives may well be changed, but not necessarily for the better. Computers are very good at discovering patterns, but are useless in judging whether the unearthed patterns are sensible because computers do not think the way humans think. We fear that super-intelligent machines will decide to protect themselves by enslaving or eliminating humans. But the real danger is not that computers are smarter than us, but that we think computers are smarter than us and, so, trust computers to make important decisions for us. The AI Delusion explains why we should not be intimidated into thinking that computers are infallible, that data-mining is knowledge discovery, and that black boxes should be trusted.

Author Details

Author Details

Smith, Gary

Dr. Gary Smith is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics at Pomona College in Claremont, California and is affiliated with the Financial Economics Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He has published eight college-level textbooks, over 60 research papers, eight educational software programs, and is a noted public speaker. He has received national and international recognition in the media. His research has been featured in various media venues including "The New York Times," "the Wall Street Journal," "The Motley Fool," "Newsweek," and "BusinessWeek," He has been interviewed on CNBC and was a keynote speaker at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. and the Mortgage Finance Industry Summit in New York City. He received his B.A. in Mathematics with Honors from Harvey Mudd College and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Dr. Margaret Smith is President of Smith Financial Place, an independent financial planning coaching firm that provides holistic, comprehensive financial planning and life coaching services for its clients. She does not sell products or manage assets, but rather focuses on providing objective advice and coaching. She is a Certified Financial PlannerTM, a Registered Invest-ment Advisor, a member of the Financial Planning Association, and a Certified Integral CoachTM through New Ventures West. Margaret received a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard and a simultaneous B.A./M.A., summa cum laude, in Economics from Yale. She has published various articles on real estate and finance.