HOW TO STAY SMART IN A SMART WORLD. WHY HUMAN INTELLIGENCE STILL BEATS ALGORITHMS


Author: Gerd Gigerenzer
Published by MIT Press
English
320 pages
15 x 23 cm
Hardcover
ISBN 9780262046954

Price: 152 lei



Doomsday prophets of technology predict that robots will take over the world, leaving humans behind in the dust. Tech industry boosters think replacing people with software might make the world a better place—while tech industry critics warn darkly about surveillance capitalism. Despite their differing views of the future, they all agree: machines will soon do everything better than humans. In How to Stay Smart in a Smart World, Gerd Gigerenzer shows why that’s not true, and tells us how we can stay in charge in a world populated by algorithms.

Machines powered by artificial intelligence are good at some things (playing chess), but not others (life-and-death decisions, or anything involving uncertainty). Gigerenzer explains why algorithms often fail at finding us romantic partners (love is not chess), why self-driving cars fall prey to the Russian Tank Fallacy, and how judges and police rely increasingly on nontransparent “black box” algorithms to predict whether a criminal defendant will reoffend or show up in court. He invokes Black Mirror, considers the privacy paradox (people want privacy, but give their data away), and explains that social media get us hooked by programming intermittent reinforcement in the form of the “like” button. We shouldn’t trust smart technology unconditionally, Gigerenzer tells us, but we shouldn’t fear it unthinkingly, either.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction ix
Part I: The Human Affair with AI
1 Is True Love Just a Click Away?
2 What AI Is Best At: The Stable-World Principle
3 Machines Influence How We Think about Intelligence
4 Are Self-Driving Cars Just Down the Road?
5 Common Sense and AI
6 One Data Point Can Beat Big Data
Part II: High Stakes
7 Transparency
8 Sleepwalking into Surveillance
9 The Psychology of Getting Users Hooked
10 Safety and Self-Control
11 Fact or Fake?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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