The way we live and conduct business has changed as a result of artificial intelligence. In recent years, technology has transformed the business environment and enabled organizations to streamline the majority of their operations.
Therefore, we can anticipate living in an AI-driven future given all these technological and AI advancements. We must thus take all necessary steps to understand AI and how it affects our lives.
Here are some books to assist you deepen your grasp on what artificial intelligence is, how it will change our world and how we live, and how it will affect every element of life.
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
So many question has risen over the importance of Artificial intelligence and its perceived influence in the future. What would happen if the machines we are now building finally outperformed our own human intelligence?
Would these artificial beings with superintelligence overtake humanity in the food chain and become the most dominating living form on Earth? In his work, Nick Bostrom tries to address a variety of concerns, including those mentioned above.
It is one of those books that starts by making it clear that artificial intelligence does not have the intention of harming humanity as we know it, despite the fact that this damage may eventually occur. It goes on to say that the destruction is simply the result of AI attempting to achieve the objectives that were originally placed into it.
Furthermore, although if the book generates more questions than it does solutions, it does offer a glimpse into the future of the human species and other sentient life forms.
Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Algorithms to Live By breaks down complex mathematical concepts so that we don’t have to. It shows how algorithms designed for computer systems can be used to provide solutions to problems people face every day.
This book compared to other books aids readers in understanding how AI affects judgment. We can learn to guess more accurately and when to take a chance at the same time. Think of it as a very sophisticated 9-ball that employs algorithms to support human judgment in practical scenarios.
The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos
The word “algorithm” in the title should not catch you off guard. This isn’t a book for mathematicians and scientists exclusively, full of complex mathematical concepts and voluminous scientific theories.
The Master Algorithm provides us with a window into the effort to create computer systems with intelligences that are as complex and adaptable as human thinking.
While mostly a machine learning overview, it also explores how understanding about them applies to everyday life.
Even the average person will find it intriguing to read because it gives us a preview of what these advancements will mean for society and business in addition to science.
Fundamentals of Machine Learning by John D. Kelleher, Brian Mac Namee, and Aoife D’Arcy
Both theoretical ideas and actual applications of machine learning are covered in this book. Even though this book was written for programmers, it is understandable to non-math majors. It can work as a basic reference while offering many real-world applications due to its detailed coverage of machine learning concepts.
The book begins with straightforward explanations of the fundamental ideas behind machine learning. This knowledge is then supported by mathematical models and algorithms.
The book includes several case studies for more practical applications in addition to examples with clear explanations of mathematical principles.
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart J. Russelland Peter Norvig
This is one of the most widely used textbooks in universities today. It is aimed at programmers, software engineers, and system administrators. It covers the core techniques of artificial intelligence and machine learning, such as reinforcement learning, first-order logic, game playing, and knowledge representation.
It provides complex concepts in a way that is simply understandable even though its goal is to create knowledge-based agents. Additionally, it incorporates historical achievements so that readers may see how ideas have changed over time.
Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow, YoshuaBengio, and Aaron Courville
This book explores the theoretical foundations of deep learning and was written by professionals for experts. For people in the academic community or allied businesses, it includes mathematical and conceptual underpinnings, procedures, and research views.
It might not be the best option for novices because it requires a lot of technical knowledge. But those with intermediate expertise would find it quite helpful. Students considering jobs in this industry and software programmers who wish to incorporate deep learning into their platforms should read this.
Life 3.0 Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
Does the future of artificial intelligence portend a utopian or disastrous one for us? The ramifications of artificial intelligence on every facet of humanity are explained by MIT professor Max Tegmark. He views AI as being the greatest transformational technology of all time, therefore it discusses its potential future in this passage.
If you want an interesting read about how artificial intelligence will effect our work, society, crime, war, and other aspects of our existence, pick up a copy of this book. As you read the book, learn to distinguish between AI myths and reality.
Make Your Own Neural Network by Michael Taylor
Here is a helpful book for those just learning about neural networks. You will go from having no information to having a fundamental comprehension of the concepts underlying how things operate as a result of this.
With the help of Tensorflow and Python, you can construct your networks thanks to the step-by-step visual introduction to deep learning and neural networks.
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil, a futurist innovator, aids in our understanding of both natural and artificial minds. He focuses mostly on discussing how the human brain works, using reverse engineering to completely comprehend it.
He thinks that by understanding the human brain better, we can build more intelligent machines that will aid in solving global issues. In addition, he covers the evolution of artificial intelligence as well as a few philosophical tenets in this book, which proves itself important among many other books on artificial intelligence.
Our Final Invention by James Barrat
James Barrat offers his doomsday scenario in his book for how our quest for artificial intelligence that not only matches but also exceeds human intelligence will affect the future. He questions whether it is possible for us to cohabit with species whose intelligence is vastly greater than ours.
The focus of Our Final Invention is on the moral implications of artificial intelligence. This is not for anyone hoping for a scientific examination of the danger that highly developed AI poses to the future.
It just poses issues and offers a peek of a potentially disastrous future brought on by our careless pursuit of advanced technology.
Why read on Artificial intelligence when it probably isn’t your field?
Both possible advantages and grave dangers to our future are posed by artificial intelligence. It improves procedures in practically every industry and enriches our way of life. On the other side, it also presents risks, such as the potential extinction or futility of the human race.
It is best to study as much as we can about it by reading books on Artificial Intelligence, whether it is actually good or dangerous for our future. We can then use it most effectively for a better future once we have grasped it.
UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm
In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.
According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.
The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.
The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.
In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.
Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.
The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.
The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.
The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.
Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.
Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.
The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”
Donelan stated in a statement:
“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.
“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.
“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”
Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.
Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.
Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.
The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.
On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.
Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next
Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.
Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.
The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.
The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”
Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.
Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.
Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.
These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”
Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.
Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts
Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.
Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.
When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).
Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.
Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.
It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.
Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.
Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.
Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.
There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.
Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.
Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.
The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.
Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.
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