John Markoff: An intelligent look at artificial intelligence

Click photo to enlarge cover of “Machines of Loving Grace,” by John Markoff “You just can’t differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.” — Isaac Asimov, “I, Robot” By Paul Freeman For The Daily News Though novels, films and TV are bursting with robot-themed fiction, much of the public doesn’t seem to be fully aware of how prevalent AI (artificial intelligence), already is and how dominant it can become. John Markoff’s fascinating, informative, thought-provoking new book, “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots” (HarperCollins) should remedy that. Publisher’s Weekly says, “A detailed, engrossing history of robotics … This revealing look at profound technological and economic developments will unsettle anyone who has a job to lose.” A San Francisco resident who was…


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