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The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World
Genius Makers is the untold tech story of our time. This book delves into the deep questions of what it means to be truly smart, human, and what we desire from our intelligence. With exclusive reporting and hundreds of interviews, Cade Metz takes us inside the rooms where powerful new artificial intelligence has been built into our daily lives. Spanning across Google, Facebook, and even Silicon Valley kingpin Elon Musk's lab, this book highlights the conflict between national interests, shareholder value, scientific knowledge, and concerns about privacy and security. A fascinating read that poses the question: how far will we let AI go?
"Genius Makers" "The mavericks who brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World" A very nice book by NYT's Cade Metz on the recent history of AI and the meteoric rise of Deep Learning. Lots of previously untold stories. – source
How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity
Explore the topic of free culture through Lawrence Lessig's expert analysis. Learn about the concentrated power of Big Media to control creative progress, and the implications of losing our long tradition of free culture. Discover how protecting our freedom to create is vital to our ability to build and imagine.
I agree with this 150%. The point was made clearly by Lawrence Lessig in his book "Free Culture". – source
The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Discover the fascinating world of cephalopods, including the intelligent octopus, in Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Uncover how these creatures evolved higher intelligence and what it means for the evolution of minds. Follow the story of how subjective experience emerged in the ocean and how primitive organisms grew more complicated. Delve into the mysteries surrounding cephalopod intelligence and the unique social lives of octopuses. With the latest scientific research and scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith casts light on the octopus mind and what we can learn from our most remarkable animal relatives.
@MartinVetterli @EPFL_en @EPFL @epflSV @epflSB @ICepfl @epflENAC @epflcdm @EPFLcdh @agepoly @DariusRochebin The "Other Minds" book is great. – source
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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Discover the revolution in the study of animal cognition with this eye-opening book. Frans de Waal takes readers on a journey through the abilities of some of the planet's smartest animals, from elephants that classify humans to chimpanzees with exceptional flash memory. He challenges the idea of a cognitive ladder and encourages readers to reconsider what it means to be intelligent. This landmark work may just change the way you view animal intelligence, as well as our own.
I'm reading that book. It's great! De Waal's point is that if you think that human-style language and symbol manipulation are special traits of human intelligence, you are a neo-creationist. Thanks @TonyZador – source