Thinking Machines by Luke Dormehl – review

I’m not sure whether to be extremely excited or deeply worried about artificial intelligence. On the cover of this book Stephen Hawking says what lots of us are thinking: “Artificial intelligence is likely either to be the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity.” In other words, it might be the making of us or it might destroy us. But we have no idea which of these two possibilities is more likely.  Luke Dormehl, who I think loves AI, tell us about geeks in labs, a chess-playing computer and smart devices. All pretty non-threatening. There are smart fridges, which tell you when you’re running out of something, smart security cameras, kitchen scales, lightbulbs, toilets, nappies and even smart toothbrushes. Smart toothbrushes? Dormehl quotes Renee Blodgett, “president of marketing…

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