Where Will Men Take Us | Book Review
The Bold Story Of The Man
Technology Is Creating
The author describes the different kinds of Artificial Intelligence and relates to psychology and spirituality to begin with. I too wonder alongside him with some of the questions he poses. The book deals with an area which is at the intersection of technology and its impact on the present and future of human beings. If you are curious about technology and its history and future, this is a book I would recommend you to read .
AUTHOR: Atul Jalan
PLACE: New Delhi, India
PUBLICATION DATE: 13 April 2019
PRICE: Rs 226.10/- (Kindle); Rs 238/- (Paperback)
PREFACE or INTRODUCTION: Provides important information about the author's intentions or the scope of the book. Can you identify any limitations? Has the author ignored important aspects of the subject?
Section I: The Drivers Of Change
1. A requiem for Alan Turing
2. The Philosophy of AI: Beyond The Mechanical Machine
3. The Technology of AI: The State of Play
4. Nanotechnology: Nano is the Next Big Thing
5. Quantum Computing: Figuring the Small Stuff Out
6. Genetics: The Story of Our Lives
Section II: The New Society
7. The Filter Bubble: Many More of Me
8. Matchmaking: Is Data Science God’s Own Match.com?
9. Electoral Math: The Voter As Consumer
10. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Face of Money is Changing
11. Personal Data Ownership: Own, Complete, Monetize
12. Data Privacy: Orwell or Huxley, Who Got It Right?
13. Jobs and AI: What Will the Human Do?
14. Love, Sex, and AI: Is Sex at the Forefront of Progress, Again?
15. Ethics and AI: Ethics, Now Not for Man Alone
Section III: The Magic of Math
16. The Periodic Table: A Matter of Counting
17. The Numbers That Underlie Beauty
18. The Idea of Math: Where Did It Come from?
19. The Prediction of Neptune: Calculated into Existence
Section IV: The End Of Mystery
20. Astrology: Will Data Science Change Astrology’s Fortunes?
21. The Happiness Pill: Science or Fiction
22. On Extraterrestrial Life: Is it Still Possible to Believe We Are Alone?
23. Simulation: Are You and I Evolved Marios in Someone’s Game?
24. Transhumanism: Will We Be Immortal on Extinct in 2100?
MY FAVOURITE POINTS FROM THE BOOK:
1) Dr. Aleksandr Kogan's data collection methodology and selling it to Cambridge Analytica
2) How Artificial Intelligence/data science could help people find their most compatible partner to marry, and possibly business partners and friends too
3) How Calcutta was a city to grow up in with Cold War friction
4) Voter is the consumer and politician is the consummate marketer
5) How unique architecture the blockchain technology is and how it cant be tampered with
6) The blockchain technology - implifies record keeping, reduces transaction costs, and most importantly keeps data secure.
7) The ME Model - how our data is used and could be used for remarketing upon collection and analysis. The author goes on to indicate that if a prospective employer wishes, my ME Model could share a Myers-Briggs type personality indicator. This is very true. In one of my job interviews a tech giant (I won't name) asked me to fill the test.
8) The author goes on to say that there is no such called "privacy" today, as what we think, we feel, we eat and drink, likes and dislikes, our bank records, phone and health records, every thing is recorded and analysed.
9) GDPR and Privacy
10) Jobs and AI - What will the Human do? ---> This is a question most people are asking today. Sales, Marketing, Driverless vehicles, et cetera.
I personally enjoyed reading this book as I have been working in the field of data science, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, loyalty programs, and digital advertising for quite some time now. I have managed a food tech startup, and could relate with the author's views on man technology is creating.