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Computer Intelligence: With Us or Against Us? by William Meisel delves into the impact computer intelligence has on society, economy, and daily lives. Meisel opens with a detailed history of the origins of computer intelligence before delving into the current state and a look at what the future holds. The author explores the pros and cons of computer intelligence in how it helps shape our society and the dangers certain advancements present. Computer Intelligence uses detailed facts and statistics to help you gain a complete understanding of every side that computer technology has to offer society and daily life.
The aim of this book is to help people fully understand computer intelligence (CI), to educate readers on what it is and for them to learn how it shapes everything around us in society from social media to the economy. William Meisel has a well-organized style with thorough details and an honest voice. Computer Intelligence is the perfect resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of the technology in their lives. The history of CI will help you understand where the technology came from with Meisel touching upon various influential people in the CI field such as Claude Shannon, Ivan Sutherland, and Alan Kay. These influential people and others lead the way toward the companies that have changed society which includes Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Meisel goes into depth about various advances to give a well-rounded perspective to the understanding of technological advances and the role they play in our lives.
Several of the CI details are well-known parts of our daily lives such as cloud computing, online shopping, ride-sharing, and other apps, and Artificial Intelligence. Broadcasting and entertainment are a notable aspect covered in which Meisel focuses on how the industry has changed drastically through recent years thanks to CI. Meisel delves into the role of CI in healthcare and the global challenges, detailing technologies that can help notify about health, advances in food production, and resources to help children with literacy. Meisel honestly details the darker side of CI usage through the internet with examples including YouTube, fake accounts and hate speech on Facebook, cyberattacks, and overloading on screen time. Computer Intelligence is an eye-opening and educational read that details the history and impact of computer technology on healthcare, jobs, and social media.