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The Age of AI

By: Henry A Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher
Narrated by: Eric Pollins
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Summary

Artificial intelligence is transforming human society fundamentally and profoundly. Not since the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason have we changed how we approach knowledge, politics, economics, even warfare.

Three of our most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society - and what it means for us all.

An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analysing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI-powered jets are defeating experienced human pilots in simulated dogfights. AI is coming online in searching, streaming, medicine, education and many other fields and, in so doing, transforming how humans are experiencing reality.

In The Age of AI, three leading thinkers have come together to consider how AI will change our relationships with knowledge, politics and the societies in which we live. The Age of AI is an essential road map to our present and our future, an era unlike any that has come before.

©2021 Henry A. Kissinger and Delphin LLC and Daniel Huttenlocher (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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It should be read by anyone trying to make sense of geopolitics today (Financial Times)
A muscular contribution to one of the 21st century's most pressing debates (The Economist)

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Rather underwhelming

The reading is very monotone and there is nothing really new or exciting about the topic in the book.

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Read now before becomes obsolete

Could have easily been 1-2h shorter. It’s very obvious the parts Kissinger wrote, as the book tends to wind down roads not exactly on the topics. However it’s a good introduction to AI. Read it now before the entire book is obsolete.

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Drab

Mostly deadpan delivery. Mildly informative but style is overly flamboyant and makes for tricky listening. Wouldn’t recommend.

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The subject is complex and the text full of side notes, which makes it almost impossible to engage for more than 5 minutes. Terrible narration! I’ll be buying the hard copy of this book.

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Over stretched

The book makes an important point regarding our future with AI, however I feel like it could have made the same point in less.

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Content not as good as authors

A pretty basic introduction to ai that didn’t uncover anything profound or thought provoking. Disappointing.

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Read by a bot?

The topic is good and interesting. Some good questions and thought provoking concepts. Overall it could be a good read, but something is missing: not sure if it is the way it was written; or the way was read. At points, the voice seems simulated, not human. I am struggling to keep attention up.

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An incredible, thought provoking book

This raises many fundamental questions.

AI challenges the perception of reality previously seen primarily through the lens of religion and reason.

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The audio must be AI

The audio is potentially AI, as it is terrible!! I’m sure this is a fascinating book but I don’t think I’ll make it through to the end due to the awful voice.

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Superb, another Kissinger classic

Very thoughtful and concise but there’s a lot to take in and process. On my third read.😄

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