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 move if you’re relatively drawn to this model of the search for growing synthetic Intelligence (AI).”—Seattle Times

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

But how did we get right here? In ultimate Jeopardy, Stephen Baker lines the arc of Watson’s “life,” from its beginning within the IBM labs to its huge evening at the podium. We meet Hollywood moguls and Jeopardy! masters, genius machine programmers and impressive scientists, together with Watson’s eccentric author, David Ferrucci. We see how a brand new iteration of Watsons may rework drugs, the legislations, advertising, even technological know-how itself, as machines method large quantities of knowledge at lightning pace, resolution our questions, and doubtless get a hold of new hypotheses. As speedy and enjoyable because the video game itself, Final Jeopardy indicates how clever machines will healthy into our world—and how they’ll disrupt it.

“Like Tracy Kidder’s Soul of a brand new computing device, Baker’s e-book unearths us on the sunrise of a singularity. It’s a superb case research, and does solid double accountability as a Philip okay. Dick state of affairs, too.”—Kirkus Reviews

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

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