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Title:
Artificial unintelligence : how computers misunderstand the world / Meredith Broussard.
ISBN:
9780262537018
Edition:
First MIT Press paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2019.

©2018
Physical Description:
237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
First published in hardback in 2018.
Contents:
How computers work. Hello, reader ; Hello, world ; Hello, AI ; Hello, data journalism -- When computers don't work. Why poor schools can't win at standardized tests ; People problems ; Machine learning: the DL on ML ; This care won't drive itself ; Popular doesn't mean good -- Working together. On the startup bus ; Third-wave AI ; Aging computers.
Abstract:
"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."--Amazon.com.
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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.


Author Notes

Meredith Broussard is an Assistant Professor in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and software developer at ATT Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab, she has written articles and essays for the Atlantic, Harper's, Slate, the Washington Post, and other publications.


Table of Contents

I How Computers Workp. 1
1 Hello, Readerp. 3
2 Hello, Worldp. 13
3 Hello, Alp. 31
4 Hello, Data Journalismp. 41
II When Computers Don't Workp. 49
5 Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testsp. 51
6 People Problemsp. 67
7 Machine Learning: The DL on MLp. 87
8 This Car Won't Drive Itselfp. 121
9 Popular Doesn't Mean Goodp. 149
III Working Togetherp. 161
10 On the Startup Busp. 163
11 Third-wave Alp. 175
12 Aging Computersp. 193
Acknowledgmentsp. 201
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 227