Great Overview Of Pervasive AI. This book is a love story to coding and its arguably most advanced manifestation – artificial intelligence. Husain spends quite a bit of time explaining what, exactly, AI is and its history, where we currently are, and where we will be in the near future. He then spends considerable time looking at various areas where AI research is already being done and where it is already having an impact. His praise of the idiot John Maynard Keynes is a bit too effusive, and is indicative of how wrong Husain’s thinking can be when he leaves the programmatic space. While this is but one concrete example, there are numerous others too that are the basis of the drop of a star. Among these are his praise for National Security Agency spying as well as domestic police spying on every day citizens, disregard of Constitutional freedom protections, labeling anything he disagrees with as a “myth”, and a few others. Still, quite a remarkable book when it sticks to its central thesis, and highly recommended.
This review of The Sentient Machine by Amir Husain was originally written on February 28, 2020.