4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
Big Brain Revolution: Artificial Intelligence – Spy or Saviour?, by Dr. Michelle Tempest, is a work of non-fiction dedicated to describing the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the world. As most people know, AI is all around us. So much of our lives is caught up in technology, but what are the lasting ramifications? How will AI continue to evolve? Will AI ever surpass humans when it comes to emotional involvement and problem solving? Separated into three sections, Dr. Tempest, a previous hospital doctor and cognitive analytical therapist, provides insightful information about how the brain works, how AI has developed over time, and how AI impacts current society and will continue to do so in the future.
Simply put, Big Brain Revolution is a fascinating and excellently executed work based on fact. For starters, this book is well written, adequately sourced, and avoids overwhelming jargon. Additionally, it has clearly been professionally edited. Although this isn’t a book that should be read in one sitting, and it certainly requires time to digest the information presented within its pages, Big Brain Revolution is written with language that the general public can comprehend. Further, the chapters are nicely organized to tell an overarching story, and the chapters are relatively short, which improves the reading experience by providing snippets of information to mull over.
Moreover, this book is an incredibly informative read and poses thought-provoking questions. For example, the author discusses the connection between human memory and emotion, how technology can be used to cull information about emotions to further industries, and the emergence and evolution of human digital integration. The book ends with a call to action: the more informed we are, the more we can decide how we allow AI into our lives. The author’s direct inclusion of the reader, and the questions posed, made for an engaging read.
Readers should keep in mind that some of the information and ideas included in the text are complicated, and careful reading and attention to detail may be required. That being said, I do not have a background in either psychology or any technological field, and I understood all of the content presented by the author. Ultimately, I found the content of the book rewarding as it provided an interesting perspective about a topic that impacts my every-day life and will continue to do so.
I enjoy reading books that can expand my horizons, and Dr. Tempest’s work did not disappoint. The understandable language, clear writing style, and appropriate organization made for an informative and thought-provoking reading experience about the evolutionary path of AI. Overall, this book is incredibly relevant and deserves nothing less than 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend Big Brain Revolution to readers of non-fiction with an interest in technology. I also recommend this book for readers who are not typically inclined to pick up non-fiction books but are curious to know how much technology and AI have shaped society.
Big Brain Revolution
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon