aThe place to go if youare really interested in this version of the quest for creating Artificial Intelligence (AI).aaSeattle Times For centuries, people have dreamed of creating a machine that thinks like a human. Scientists have made progress: computers can now beat chess grandmasters and help prevent terrorist attacks. Yet we still await a machine that exhibits the rich complexity of human thoughtaone that doesnat just crunch numbers, or take us to a relevant Web page, but understands us and gives us what we need. With the creation of Watson, IBMas Jeopardy! playing computer, we are one step closer to that goal. But how did we get here? In Final Jeopardy, Stephen Baker traces the arc of Watsonas alife, a from its birth in the IBM labs to its big night on the podium. We meet Hollywood moguls and Jeopardy! masters, genius computer programmers and ambitious scientists, including Watsonas eccentric creator, David Ferrucci. We see how a new generation of Watsons could transform medicine, the law, marketing, even science itself, as machines process huge amounts of data at lightning speed, answer our questions, and possibly come up with new hypotheses. As fast and fun as the game itself, Final Jeopardy shows how smart machines will fit into our worldaand how theyall disrupt it. aLike Tracy Kidderas Soul of a New Machine, Bakeras book finds us at the dawn of a singularity. Itas an excellent case study, and does good double duty as a Philip K. Dick scenario, too.aaKirkus Reviews aBakeras narrative is both charming and terrifying . . . an entertaining romp through the field of artificial intelligenceaand a sobering glimpse of things to come.aaPublishers Weekly, starred reviewThey need speed, and the easy answers pour- ing in through System I are often correct. ... In the same game in which Jennings tracked down Abelard and Heloise, this clue popped up in the Tricky Questions category: aTotal number of each ... biblical arkawhile ignoring one detail: The ark builder was Noah, not Moses.
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