Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything

Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything

Stephen Baker


“The position to head if you’re quite attracted to this model of the search for growing man made Intelligence (AI).”—Seattle Times

For centuries, humans have dreamed of making a laptop that thinks like a human. Scientists have made development: pcs can now beat chess grandmasters and aid hinder terrorist assaults. but we nonetheless look forward to a computing device that shows the wealthy complexity of human thought—one that doesn’t simply crunch numbers, or take us to a suitable web content, yet is familiar with us and offers us what we want. With the construction of Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy! enjoying computing device, we're one step in the direction of that goal.

But how did we get the following? In ultimate Jeopardy, Stephen Baker strains the arc of Watson’s “life,” from its delivery within the IBM labs to its tremendous evening at the podium. We meet Hollywood moguls and Jeopardy! masters, genius computing device programmers and impressive scientists, together with Watson’s eccentric writer, David Ferrucci. We see how a brand new iteration of Watsons may rework drugs, the legislations, advertising, even technological know-how itself, as machines procedure large quantities of knowledge at lightning velocity, solution our questions, and probably get a hold of new hypotheses. As quickly and enjoyable because the online game itself, Final Jeopardy exhibits how clever machines will healthy into our world—and how they’ll disrupt it.

“Like Tracy Kidder’s Soul of a brand new desktop, Baker’s ebook unearths us on the sunrise of a singularity. It’s a good case research, and does solid double responsibility as a Philip okay. Dick situation, too.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Baker’s narrative is either fascinating and terrifying . . . an pleasing romp in the course of the box of man-made intelligence—and a sobering glimpse of items to come.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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