Hear Me Out: Artificial Intelligence

With pioneering developments in machine learning like self-driving cars, robotics, and natural language processing, artificial intelligence (A.I) is at the forefront of modern technological advancement. Below are several titles that help you explore the current landscape of artificial intelligence, along with our concerns for inequity in the field as well as fears and hopes for future innovations.

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Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines

Funny, poignant, and accessible, this book paints a vivid portrait of how our lives might look in either a dystopia of robotic and corporate dominance, or a utopia where humans use technology to enhance our natural abilities to evolve into a long-lived, super-intelligent, and altruistic species.

eFormats available: This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and as an eBook on Hoopla.

Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought A.I. to Google, Facebook, and the World

With deep and exclusive reporting, across hundreds of interviews, New York Times Silicon Valley journalist Cade Metz brings you into the rooms where these questions are being answered. Where an extraordinarily powerful new artificial intelligence has been built into our biggest companies, our social discourse, and our daily lives, with few of us even noticing.

eFormats available: This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

In this provocative work that juxtaposes speculative storytelling and science, Lee, one of the world’s leading AI experts, has teamed up with celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan to reveal how AI will trickle down into every aspect of our world by 2041. In ten gripping short stories that crisscross the globe, coupled with incisive analysis, Lee and Chen explore AI’s challenges and its potential. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and as eAudio on Libby, as well as eAudio in German on Hoopla. 


The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do

A cutting-edge AI researcher and tech entrepreneur debunks the fantasy that superintelligence is just a few clicks away–and argues that this myth is not just wrong, it’s actively blocking innovation and distorting our ability to make the crucial next leap.

eFormats available: This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Hoopla.

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.

eFormats available: This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.