I enjoyed Priestdaddy. It's laugh out loud funny in places whilst also being a touching and sensitive account of a difficult upbringing in the church.I enjoyed Priestdaddy. It's laugh out loud funny in places whilst also being a touching and sensitive account of a difficult upbringing in the church. We get a tour through many difficult issues of our age too, including abortion, gender equality, sexual abuse in the church, and the oppressive effects of hegemonic thinking more generally....more
I gave this five stars because there's some nuggets of real wisdom that I think will help me and others in the quest for happiness. The basic happinesI gave this five stars because there's some nuggets of real wisdom that I think will help me and others in the quest for happiness. The basic happiness equation - happiness comes when our expectations meet or exceed reality - is an insightful framing and makes it clear that the key is to set our expectations better. To do that we should deal with the illusions and biases that give us inflated expectations (control, knowledge, time and fear were the ones that resonated most with me) and live in the present.
The book is long on well thought through practical tips that help - e.g. on how to identify the fears that drive us and face them or on how to ease into mindfulness and meditation.
My only niggle - and it is a substantial one - is that the latter part of the book is dedicated to what is to me a far fetched version of creationism and a justification for the after life. There's lots of great stuff that people can learn from, but it's a tough journey and this stuff makes the book harder to share and gives people an excuse not to engage.
I gave it five stars anyway because of the quality of the thinking and advice in the first part of the book. ...more
I enjoyed this book. It's well written and presents a convincing picture of how AI and robotics will radically reduce the need for human labour in theI enjoyed this book. It's well written and presents a convincing picture of how AI and robotics will radically reduce the need for human labour in the near term. This wave of automation will beer different because for the first time machines are getting capable of doing nearly all physical tasks better than humans. New jobs created will also be done by machines.
There's also a discussion of potential political responses of which a basic income guarantee is presented as the most promising solution, although Ford notes the political will to implement such a big change might take years to muster....more
Domingos provides a detailed and pretty technical explanation of five different areas of artificial intelligence:
* Symbolists - observe and inducer DiDomingos provides a detailed and pretty technical explanation of five different areas of artificial intelligence:
* Symbolists - observe and inducer Dix logic in the world and code it - works well in limited domains and highly explainable, but impossible to scale * Neural networks - infer rules from large amounts of data to by looking at training sets - if it's seen enough pictures of cats it can compute the probability that a new image is a cat * Genetic algorithms - define an objective and let evolve according to rules, and then keep the solutions that beat fit the desired goal, and then repeat. Key is choosing the rules and fit algorithms well * Bayesians and probabalistic influence- great at finding categories and classifying things * Analogisers and Support Vector Machines - good for spotting similarities between things and making predictions about other things that might be similar - if I have flu, and we are friends but don't live in the same town, what is the chance that you also have flu?
This stuff is quite dense! I have a solid grounding in maths, science, and stats but haven't practiced for decades and understood most of it, but had to read slowly.
Domingos writes well and with humour which makes reading much easier.
Finally - I should also say that he does a good job of making it real with examples and a semi-good job of predicting where the future will take us. ...more