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Sztuczna Inteligencja. Nieludzka, arcyludzka by Aleksandra Przegalińska
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it was amazing
bookshelves: polskie, biznes

Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is surrounding us almost everywhere. We don’t even realize that it’s AI responsible for the improvement of our photos in cutting-edge smartphones to reach the effect of the beautiful moon (and not white, burnt spot). But what does it even mean “Artificial Intelligence”? What is related to? What can it do? What is it used for? Is it really intelligent and whether we are approaching the moment when AI will gain self-consciousness and it will become the singularity. About all these things are the talking authors of this book: Aleksandra Przegalińska and Paweł Oksanowicz. I have to enlarge that Przegalińska is IMHO one of the most important women related to technology in Poland and worldwide, and I’m a big fan of her.

The book “Sztuczna inteligencja. Nieludzka, arcyludzka” [Artificial Intelligence. Inhuman, arch-human] is about the current stage of work on a wide issue, that in some kind of simplification we call Artificial Intelligence. In any case, Przegalińska suggests that in some time, with the next steps of the development, Artificial Intelligence won’t be a proper name any more, and we will begin to call it more suitable to the actual stage of work. The author proposes new terms that were implied in the technology environment, for example, active inference or designed intelligence. It’s because the word “artificial” is associated with something made of plastic, and what if we add wet wear to the algorithms? It won’t be artificial any more.

So much knowledge

I learned a lot from this book and I think that everyone should read it and at least try to understand because Artificial Intelligence will surround us more and more.

Przegalińska writes about Artificial Intelligence in a very wide way. She talks about the past, and future but the most important is here and now. She tries to explain the general terms. What is intelligence? Whether intelligence can exist without consciousness? What is consciousness? What are the algorithms? What is the difference between deep and machine learning? Why we don’t understand how deep learning works and how important it is to make it explainable. What has the ethics to AI further development? Who should take the responsibility for the autonomic car accident? Who will supervise AI? What is data science and what is generally the data nowadays? Can we trust AI? How systems like Alexa influence people, for example, what is the influence on children's communication behaviour? What are algorithmic biases? And even whether AI is ecological and what is the carbon footprint of it? And this is only half of the issues touched in this book.

We can find here also a galvanizing chapter about China Social Credit System and some info about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. We’ll learn a lot of new terms like cobot, cobotization, unnecessariat, or coopetition. And with the authors, we will walk through the most renowned and important pop culture books and movies, that use the AI idea into the plot.

Many perspectives

In this long interview with Przegalińska we can also find shorter interviews with other specialists related to the technology. They work on something else and don’t have such spectacular achievements like Przegalińska, but their perspective is also interesting and contributes some new thoughts from the business or politics side.

Apart from one chapter where authors are talking about mathematical algorithms, the book is mostly very straightforward and explains many things from the basics, so everything should be understandable even for the complete beginner.

The future is unknown

Briefly, this book is a very trustworthy and comprehensive source of knowledge about AI for the 2020 year. Probably it will remain up-to-date for a few years, but the technology develops and expands so rapidly that some part of it could be obsolete earlier.

What is the general conclusion that is coming up from this book? AI is undoubtedly the future, but we don’t know what it will look like, because we can’t foresee the long-term evolution. For sure we shouldn’t be afraid of the visions in which AI is destroying or even threatening biological life on Earth. We should be more afraid of people and their ideas to use AI to manipulate. That’s why we have to follow carefully what is currently happening in this matter and in the future look with the hope that AI further evolution will help to overcome our current human problems, and won’t create too many new ones. And if it does, hopefully, they won’t be more serious than the ones we already have.

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November 4, 2020 – Shelved
November 4, 2020 – Shelved as: polskie
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