T-Minus AI: Humanity's Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power
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Listening Length 8 hours and 28 minutes
Author Michael Kanaan
Narrator Braden Wright
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Audible.com Release Date October 20, 2020
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #14,301 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#27 in Technology & Society
#27 in Computer Science (Audible Books & Originals)
#67 in Artificial Intelligence & Semantics

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Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another AI Book
By J on August 30, 2020
This book surprised me... in a good way. 😃 At first I was definitely in the, “Okay, sure, ANOTHER book about AI”, but then I started reading and it was just really digestible. Like, actually fun and engaging. Not a bunch of hype. Logically thought-out. Actually applies to the real world and not some make-believe place where “everything is revolutionized, buy stock now!” or “this is dumb, ignore it.”

I was a little worried about how broad it started, because I thought maybe it would be 150 pages of fluff and 100 pages of content, but as I kept going, it all tied together (which is kudos to both the author and editing team). It almost reads like a textbook because of the logical connections, but it’s NOT boring... so maybe it’s just a GOOD textbook or reference?

Having waded into the waters of many “general knowledge” type books about cyber security or intelligence or quantum cryptography or whatever, I can definitely recommend this one as both a solid read and a great resource. I hope schools use it to build the next generation of learners and that governments and large organizations take hold as a tool to engage in the important ethical and leadership decisions that lie ahead.

(Caveat, I know the author, and got a digital advanced reader copy, but also pre-ordered two copies... and, yes, I was worried I would not be able to give it five stars... but, no, I would not have done so unless it actually was good, because friendships are temporary, but Goodreads book reviews are eternal). 😋
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Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars AI demystified
By MJJ on September 1, 2020
A must-read book on AI where Michael Kanaan steers clear of regurgitating boring definitions of AI/ML/DL, but cleverly "trains" us to derive these concepts via analogies instead👍🏻

He gently but swiftly explores various facets of history and everyday technologies that may initially feel uncorrelated to AI... And folds them all in masterfully, bringing the topic to a perfectly unified climax! ♥️

I'd recommend this book to:

🔸K-college students: my 9 & 11 YOs love a few relatable excerpts already... and I'll order extra copies for my older students to borrow ♥️

🔸STEM Educators: see how your teaching is enabling the future! 👏🏼

🔸Non-tech professionals: you'll love the brilliant story telling on imagining data, consciousness, bias and more 💯

🔸AI newbies: you know more than you know... validation and knowledge gained here will help face the jargon-using "experts" out there! 😉

🔸DoD AI practitioners and leaders: this is a wake-up call to stop being distracted with roadblocks/snake oil and focus on the greater mission with #ethics and urgency 🇺🇸

🔸ESL readers: took me ~10 hrs to finish. I'm not a fast reader, but the book is written w/ ESL friendly vocabulary and #diversity in mind ♥️

Let's write a victory-filled sequel together! 🙏🏼♥️🇺🇸
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Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, conversational tone, and tackles tough issues
By Reasonable Reviewer on June 21, 2021
My bar was pretty low for this book. Most AI books are either extremely technical, modern algebra/set theory level discussion of recursive convergence, or they are so vague that you cannot really tell you are talking about AI.

This book does a great job of walking the middle of the road.

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The book is loaded with stories of technology throughout the past five thousand years to give a context to the second half of the book where Michael Kanaan addresses the moral and philosophical challenges of AI.

One of the things I liked best about this book is that while he is not an iconoclast Western civilization supporter, and he candidly points out some of the limitations of it, Michael does forward the notion that the Western countries are taking the most reasonable, pragmatic moral approach to implementing AI.

This is contrasted with some of the social tagging and targeting that China is applying to keep dissension under control in an authoritarian system.

This is a great book for an introduction to AI, for a course, on the philosophy or moral challenges of AI, or just for someone who is curious about what AI is and is not.

I give this book my highest recommendation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More about the geopolitics of AI rather than a technical explanation of AI
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2021
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1.0 out of 5 stars More focus on Ai and less on history
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