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Machines of Loving Grace

Robots are poised to transform today's society as completely as the Internet did twenty years ago Pulitzer prize winning New York Times science writer John Markoff argues that we must decide to design ourselves into our future or risk being excluded from it altogetherIn the past decade Google introduced us to driverless cars; Apple debuted Siri a personal assistant that we keep in our pockets; and an Internet of Things connected the smaller tasks of everyday life to the farthest reaches of the Web Robots have become an integral part of society on the battlefield and the road; in business education and health care Cheap sensors and powerful computers will ensure that in the coming years these robots will act on their own This new era offers the promise of immensely powerful machines but it also reframes a uestion first raise. Machines of Loving Grace straddles the realms of a history of robotics and a klaxon warning about where we might be heading Markoff starts off when all the computing power contained in a 40x40 foot room wasn t sufficient to help a machine roll from one wall to the door on the opposite side We learn that early on there was a dichotomy in how our deepcreative thinkers were considering the role of machines in humankind s future According to Markoff one group IA was interested in augmenting our abilities by the use of electronic and mechanical euipment such as the personal computer and now the smart phone The other group AI was interested in how machines robots etc can replace humans in the various tasks and activities that make up our lives The latter has garnered the bulk of interest from those who created our movies and speculative fiction Concepts such as SkyNet from the Terminator series and HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey have achieved iconic status in the chronicle of the unintended conseuences of scientific investigation This was a slow read because there was so much going on and Markoff spares few details He is strongest when he has personal contact with various innovators and can share with us their failures and triumphs and how they got from Point A to Point Z You may be prepared to delve into this material than I was Each section of each chapter challenged me with conflicting ideas strategies and tactics I am not criticizing Markoff for his failure to simplify because simplification would have rendered this read much less valuable I am only cautioning that you should be prepared to take some time getting from page 1 to page 300An early disappointment is Markoff s generalizations He conflates the middle class economic with the middle of the job structure organizational His points apply much better to the latter rather than the former Further Markoff isn t completely successful in knitting together the facts and anecdotes about a wide variety of researchers and milestones over the past eighty years Yet if the reader perseveres there is a lot to be gleaned from what the author has gathered together And the list of source materials included is a rich trove for those interested in arriving at their own conclusions

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D than half a century ago when the intelligent machine was born Will we control these systems or will they control usIn Machines of Loving Grace John Markoff offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers In recent years the pace of technological change has accelerated dramatically posing an ethical uandary If humans delegate decisions to machines who will be responsible for the conseuences As Markoff chronicles the history of automation from the birth of the artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation communities in the 1950s and 1960s to the modern day brain trusts at Google and Apple in Silicon Valley and on to the expanding robotics economy around Boston he traces the different ways developers have addressed this fundamental problem and urges them to careful. This book is ambitious it covers much of AI and robotics history despite the fact that those are two different if related fields going back to the work of Feigenbaum Winograd even Weiner No I take that back it s not strictly a history and that dichotomy isn t the way Markoff describes it He sets up Engelbart and McCarthy both at Stanford for much of their careers as mortal enemies the former wants to make tools that extend human capabilities Intelligence Augmentation or IA in Markoff s vernacular while the latter wants to make a true artificial intelligence made out of bits instead of blood algorithms rather than acids neural networks rather than neurons Okay that s maybe a bit over the top So Markoff tells the story of these two camps starting primarily in the 1960s and working forward to very much the present day the book was published in August 25 and I began reading it the day it came out He even covers the early rounds of the DARPA Grand Challenge for humanoid robots though not the finals by which time the book was in press It is up to date enough to cover Google s recent spending spree as well as its work on self driving vehicles Europe and Japan make only cameo appearances all of the action is in the US and Canada it seemsThe book s breadth apparent completeness up to date ness and the direct access to key players that Markoff s calling card gained him are the book s strengths Despite the IA AI rivalry used as a theme throughout the book there is actually little philosophizing about whether or not robots or AIs will actually replace us edit I originally wrote whether or not humans will replace us blowing my own cover Please ignore that and rest assured that I meant whether or not robots or AIs will replace us and what the moral and even religious implications of the creation of a true thinking machine Oxford s Nick Bostrom author of Superintelligence Paths Dangers Strategies and head of Oxford s Institute for the Future of Humanity doesn t appear at all and Kurzweil makes only cameos as he is rightfully in my opinion dismissed as a nut This book then makes a good companion to Bostrom s For something in between the two Rise of the Robots Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future has a little of the paranoia and analysis of the social and economic impact of automation so the three books all of which I ve read this year actually provide a reasonably complementary set If I could have a fourth book I d ask for a semi technical one giving the general idea of how the technologies work without bothering with pseudocode and deep technical details and analysis but not totally dumbed down Finding one that s up to date as deep learning has revolutionized the field in the last three years is the hard partMarkoff writes well as befits someone of his stature and experience but the book needed an editor The first several chapters feel redundant we re often reminded who someone is when they were introduced not so many pages ago There are also times when it s hard to match the timeline as Markoff follows people or themes rather than a strictly chronology The book feels like it parts of it at least were either written with large time gaps in between or that it was bolted together from prior works An editing pass by someone who sat down and read the whole thing end to end would have caught many of these This impression fades later in the bookIf you re interested in AI or robotics I would say this is a good place to start However I have never heard about the Engelbart McCarthy feud so I can t vouch for it independently

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Ly consider the conseuences of their work We are on the brink of the next stage of the computer revolution Markoff argues and robots will profoundly transform modern life Yet it remains for us to determine whether this new world will be a utopia Moreover it is now incumbent upon the designers of these robots to draw a bright line between what is human and what is machineAfter nearly forty years covering the tech industry Markoff offers an unmatched perspective on the most drastic technology driven societal shifts since the introduction of the Internet Machines of Loving Grace draws on an extensive array of research and interviews to present an eye opening history of one of the most pressing uestions of our time and urges us to remember that we still have the opportunity to design ourselves into the future before it's too la. Author John Markoff has done his research He covers the history of robotics with a thorough approach focusing on the people who pushed the science forward as well as looking at the corporations who buy and promote robotics and their corporate culture Sadly he doesn t bring excitement to the project We are left with a lot of names and a general feeling of being disconnected The pace only gets exciting when he talks about the philosophical issues brought out by robotics You get the idea that the author wanted that to be the central theme but lost the dynamics along the way What you do get out of the book is that robotics were consistently funded by the military and proposed for military applications Companies like Google and Tesla may have invested in robotics as a way to manage the production to put controls on military applications but that s not proven by any interviews Really this book could have benifited a lot from some meaningful interviews


10 thoughts on “Machines of Loving Grace

  1. says:

    Open the pod bay doors HAL I’m sorry Dave I’m afraid I can’t do that What’s the problem? I think you know what the problem is just as well as I doWhat are you talking about HAL?This machine is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it from 2001 A Space OdysseySmile for the camera HAL This is probably the #1 image most of us of a certain age have concerning the dangers of AI Whether it is a HAL 9000 or a T 70 T 800 T 888 or

  2. says:

    Machines of Loving Grace straddles the realms of a history of robotics and a klaxon warning about where we might be heading Markoff starts off when all the computing power contained in a 40x40 foot room wasn’t sufficient to help a machine roll from one wall to the door on the opposite side We learn that early on there was a dichotomy in how our deepcreative thinkers were considering the role of machines in

  3. says:

    John Markoff’s Machines of Loving Grace The uest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots is another addition to the growing stack of books designed to help us think about the relationship between humanity and emerging technologies Markoff offers a detailed history of artificial intelligence and robotics and attempts to show how past trends are relevant or not to the modern moment Although the book touches on some

  4. says:

    This book was not a fit for me at all It is a big stretch to give it 2 stars Although I did finish it I skimmed virtually the whole bookThis is one of a number of books published recently about artificial intelligence and robots a subject I am

  5. says:

    An exhaustive history of robotics and AI from the 1960s to development of Siri in the 2000s The author is a journalist and digs deep into person

  6. says:

    This book is ambitious it covers much of AI and robotics history despite the fact that those are two different if related fields go

  7. says:

    Markoff's history of Artificial Intelligence AI research presents detailed and intersecting stories of the field's influential people and their projects Most of these people worked at or between the twin poles o

  8. says:

    Author John Markoff has done his research He covers the history of robotics with a thorough approach focusing on the people who pushed the science forward as well as looking at the corporations who buy and promote robotics and their corporate culture Sadly he doesn't bring excitement to the project We are left w

  9. says:

    A good book with lot of information dump I had given it a 4 instead of 5 because somewhere in the middle john had succumbed to a conflict on what he was writing about If it's going to be a treatise about AI vs IA or any the history of roboti

  10. says:

    this is a best book of AI

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