The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World
by Mo Gawdat
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2021
Pan Macmillan, Bluebird
ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES' BUSINESS BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Technology is putting our humanity at risk to an unprecedented degree. This book is not for engineers who write the code or the policy makers who claim they can regulate it. This is a book for you. Because, believe it or not, you are the only one that can fix it. – Mo Gawdat
Artificial intelligence is smarter than humans. It can process information at lightning speed and remain focused on specific tasks without distraction. AI can see into the future, predicting outcomes and even use sensors to see around physical and virtual corners. So why does AI frequently get it so wrong?
The answer is us. Humans design the algorithms that define the way that AI works, and the processed information reflects an imperfect world. Does that mean we are doomed? In Scary Smart, Mo Gawdat, the internationally bestselling author of Solve for Happy, draws on his considerable expertise to answer this question and to show what we can all do now to teach ourselves and our machines how to live better. With more than thirty years' experience working at the cutting-edge of technology and his former role as chief business officer of Google [X], no one is better placed than Mo Gawdat to explain how the Artificial Intelligence of the future works.
By 2049 AI will be a billion times more intelligent than humans. Scary Smart explains how to fix the current trajectory now, to make sure that the AI of the future can preserve our species. This book offers a blueprint, pointing the way to what we can do to safeguard ourselves, those we love and the planet itself.
'Mo Gawdat is my life guru. His writing, his ideas and his generosity in sharing them has changed my life for the better in so many ways. Everything he writes is an enlightening education in how to be human.'
'Scary Smart is unlike anything I’ve ever read . . . What Mo does is help us analyze what it means to be human, by looking at what can or cannot happen with the rise of artificial intelligence.'
'I believe Mo is one of the most important voices of our time. He possess a rare combination of authenticity, insight and intelligence. Scary Smart is ultimately a book about taking responsibility and working with the facts. It’s a fascinating read that addresses the very real concerns of Artificial intelligence for all our futures. This book will challenge you in a very healthy way.'
'Mo is an exquisite writer and speaker with deep expertise of technology as well as a passionate appreciation for the importance of human connection and happiness. He possesses a set of overlapping skills and a breadth of knowledge in the fields of both human psychology and tech which is a rarity. This book will teach you how to navigate the scary and inevitable intrusion of AI as well as who really is in control. Us.'
Dr Rupy Aujla, MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, Founder "The Doctor's Kitchen"