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Title Artificial unintelligence : how computers misunderstand the world / Meredith Broussard.
Author Broussard, Meredith, author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Description 1 online resource (237 pages) : illustrations.
Call # eBOOK
Series The MIT Press Ser
MIT Press Ser.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-225) and index.
Summary A guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology and why we should never assume that computers always get it right.
"In Artificial Unintelligence, Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally--hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners--that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work. Broussard, a software developer and journalist, reminds us that there are fundamental limits to what we can (and should) do with technology. With this book, she offers a guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology--and issues a warning that we should never assume that computers always get things right. Making a case against technochauvinism--the belief that technology is always the solution--Broussard argues that it's just not true that social problems would inevitably retreat before a digitally enabled Utopia. To prove her point, she undertakes a series of adventures in computer programming. She goes for an alarming ride in a driverless car, concluding 'the cyborg future is not coming any time soon'; uses artificial intelligence to investigate why students can't pass standardized tests; deploys machine learning to predict which passengers survived the Titanic disaster; and attempts to repair the U.S. campaign finance system by building AI software. If we understand the limits of what we can do with technology, Broussard tells us, we can make better choices about what we should do with it to make the world better for everyone."--Provided by publisher.
Contents I. How Computers Work. 1. Hello, Reader ; 2. Hello, World ; 3. Hello, AI ; 4. Hello, Data Journalism -- II. When Computers Don't Work. 5. Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Tests ; 6. People Problems ; 7. Machine Learning: The DL on ML ; 8. This Car Won't Drive Itself ; 9. Popular Doesn't Mean Good -- III. Working Together. 10. On the Startup Bus ; 11. Third-Wave AI ; 12. Aging Computers.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed July 27, 2018).
Subject Electronic data processing -- Social aspects.
Computer programs -- Correctness.
Errors.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- General.
Computer programs -- Correctness. (OCoLC)fst00872413
Electronic data processing. (OCoLC)fst00906956
Errors. (OCoLC)fst00915038
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- General.
Computer programs -- Correctness. (OCoLC)fst00872413
Electronic data processing. (OCoLC)fst00906956
Errors. (OCoLC)fst00915038
INFORMATION SCIENCE/General
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Broussard, Meredith. Artificial unintelligence. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018] 9780262038003 (DLC) 2017041363 (OCoLC)1002292890
ISBN 9780262346733 (electronic bk.)
0262346737 (electronic bk.)
9780262346740 (electronic bk.)
0262346745 (electronic bk.)

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