I was attracted by the word “brief” — a “brief history.” I was also attracted by the subject, artificial intelligence. It is an important subject, I knew, and one about which I was largely ignorant. I’m not really sure I cared about AI, frankly — but I knew I should.
A “myth-busting guide,” says the front flap of the book cover. To be frank again: I was unsure of the myths needing busting.
So, a book intended for a general audience will be reviewed by a member of that audience.
The author of our brief history is Michael Wooldridge, professor of …
This article appears as “AI, FYI” in the February 22, 2021, print edition of National Review.
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