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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Fate of AI Society" by Kenneth Hamer-Hodges.]
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4 out of 5 stars
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The book presents a multifaceted critique of current binary computer systems, warning of their vulnerabilities to cybercrime, control by industrial dictators, and erosion of democratic principles. It proposes a shift towards decentralized systems rooted in the λ-calculus and capability-based addressing, aiming to democratize cyberspace and enhance security. Drawing parallels to figures like Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, it argues for a return to flawless, mathematical computing principles to counteract the Babbage Conundrum and ensure long-term reliability. The book emphasizes the urgent need for regulatory action and a paradigm shift in computer science to safeguard individual freedoms and promote democratic progress in the digital age.
 
The Fate of AI Society by Kenneth Hamer-Hodges offers an examination of the contemporary challenges posed by centralized computer systems and the proliferation of AI technology. Through a meticulous analysis, Hamer-Hodges highlights the urgent need for action to address the vulnerabilities inherent in current binary computer systems. Drawing analogies to Orwell's dystopian vision in "1984," the book paints a vivid picture of the dangers of unchecked surveillance and control facilitated by digital technology.
 
What stands out in the book is its comprehensive exploration of the intersection between technology, society, and democracy. The book adeptly navigates complex concepts such as λ-calculus, capability-based addressing, and historical developments in computer science to analyze the current landscape of centralized computer systems and the threats they pose to people.
 
In addition to discussing the threats posed by outdated binary systems, the book explores the potential of modern AI technology and the risks associated with centralized control. By highlighting the importance of scientific principles and regulatory frameworks, Hamer-Hodges offers a roadmap for rebuilding computer science to ensure the safety, security, and integrity of AI-enabled cyberspace. Furthermore, the book delves into the historical development of computer science, tracing its origins from ancient mechanical devices to modern binary computers. Through this historical lens, Hamer-Hodges contrasts the flaws of current binary systems with the principles of flawless, distributed computation embodied by ancient devices like the abacus.
 
I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars. Although I appreciate the author's perspective and overarching message, I have reservations regarding the excessive incorporation of intricate technical terminologies. While the book admirably highlights the complexities of computer science and AI, it is inundated with too much technical terminology. This inundation, in turn, may pose a challenge for readers less acquainted with the intricacies of these fields, potentially hindering their comprehension and engagement with the book. Despite the aforementioned flaw, this book offers valuable insights and prompts deep reflection. The absence of typos and grammar errors enhances my reading experience, making it thoroughly enjoyable. I recommend this book to technology enthusiasts, scholars, and policymakers seeking to address issues of digital governance and cybersecurity.

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The danger related to AI is a very actual argument in the last period, many authors talked about this topic, but it's not easy at all to give the needed answers. Thanks a lot for your review.
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Your review provides a comprehensive overview of "The Fate of AI Society" by Kenneth Hamer-Hodges, offering insights into its content, strengths, and potential drawbacks.
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Thanks for the review. Sounds like another good perspective on AI. I finished Impromptu, which was very good also on AI and ChatGPT.
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