Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Five of the best books about artificial intelligence

Nick Harkaway is the author of a nonfiction work about digital culture, The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World, and the novels The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker, Tigerman, and Gnomon.

Harkaway happens to be the son of John Le Carré.

One of his five favorite books about AI, as shared at the Guardian:
We may not understand conscious intelligence but, biological or digital, it is certainly a functioning arrangement of information. Another way to begin to understand AI is to try to grasp our relationship with information as a structure that increasingly seems to underlie everything from the infinitesimal to the vast: what it is, and where it fits into the universe. James Gleick’s majestic The Information spans centuries, continents, space and time. It is surely the perfect place to start answering that pesky question of what it means to be a thinking thing.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue