Wow! This is a unique "picture" book about artificial intelligence (AI), meant to explain the dangers of relinquishing too much control to super-intelligent machines in the simplest terms possible without dumbing down the core concepts too much.
I can confidently say I haven't read a book like this in a long time that had such an impact on me.
At less than 40 pages, this is the clearest description of AI that I have read--anybody can understand how we're creating a monster that has the capability to take over our lives.
I was terrified to learn that training an AI algorithm human behavior will not make them more human-like, with the same moral checks and balances. Instead, it will teach them to manipulate humans.
In keeping with the grim subject matter of the book, the color scheme of the book and the illustrations are muted. The omniscient nature of AI-based technology is conveyed by masses of wires in each illustration that connect machines with humans. These wires seem to be tightening a death grip on us. The pictures radiate the bleak future that the author predicts for humanity where we become over-dependent on AI for our needs.
At the end, there are a few pages of text where the author discusses the impending "alien invasion" and how we can prepare for it, in detail. It's written in simple, understandable terms, a pleasing font, and in an engaging manner.
This is a book you must all read, even if you've never read nonfiction. It's quick, succinct, and informative.
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