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Review of The Fate of AI Society
by Diana Lowery
"Unless binary computers are banned, dictatorship will take over the world." This
quote from author Kenneth James Hamer-Hodges appears in his book The Fate of
AI Society: Civilizing Superhuman Cyberspace. In his newest book, published in
September 2023, he warns about the importance of securing privacy. He
advocates adding a clause to the Bill of Rights to protect cyberspace security.
My current interest in AI Technology is a result of my role as an educator. I was
drawn to the book because of the title. The blurb on the back of the book
stated, ". . . inspiring examples that everyone can grasp." Unfortunately, I did
not find the examples easy to grasp, but I persevered to the end of the book. I
was hoping that Hamer-Hodges would finally explain how to implement the
changes that he promotes, but I was disappointed that he had no clear plan.
The fourteen chapters are organized and methodical. I like that the author
repeated his concepts as a means of reinforcement. I was also pleased that I learned historical facts
about computer programming. Who knew that one of my favorite English Romantic poets, Lord Byron,
had a daughter, Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program in 1840?
Because this book contains no errors in its 154 pages, I am rating it five out of five stars. I did not
deduct for the negatives that I mentioned; other readers may not be bothered by the reading difficulty
or the lack of a solidified way to follow the author's suggestions.
The author's purpose for writing this book can be found in this quote, "I try to explain how a Dream
Machine brings together everything I learned along the way, hoping the dream will come true one day."
I will be passing this book on to my son, a software developer. Maybe he will be able to explain Hamer-
Hodge's dream to me.
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Re: Review of The Fate of AI Society
This book presents a thought-provoking warning about the potential consequences of unchecked AI
development and the need for privacy protection. The author's call to add a clause to the Bill of Rights
for cyberspace security is a compelling argument. The organized and methodical structure of the
fourteen chapters, along with historical insights into computer programming, contributes to the book's
appeal. Nice review.
Posted: 05 Nov 2023, 15:59
11/19/23, 1:21 PM OnlineBookClub.org • Review of The Fate of AI Society - reviewer Diana Lowery