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              The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI
               

              The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI (Hardback)

              By Wooldridge, Michael

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              • Pub Date
                17 Mar 20

              The long-held dream of artificial intelligence researchers is to build machines that are conscious and self-aware - the dream of creating life itself. While this remains a remote prospect, the AI floodgates have opened, and they are changing our world fundamentally. Yet the publi...c debate and media hype is still largely centred on elusive prospects such as sentient machines and dystopian robot takeovers. In this lively and clear-headed guide, Michael Wooldridge changes the narrative on AI, revealing how these anxieties distract us from the more realistic risks that this transformative technology poses, from algorithmic bias to fake news. He also shows us how they overlook the true life-changing potential of the field he loves. Instead, The Road to Conscious Machines gives us the real story of AI, through all its booms and busts, elucidating the discoveries of its greatest pioneers from Alan Turing to Demis Hassabis. It shows us what today's AI researchers actually think and do, and how they are ushering in a new era of real-time spoken word language translation, augmented reality tools, healthcare innovations and much more.
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              ISBN 9780241396742
              Released AU 17 Mar 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Pelican books
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              Can We Be Happier?: Evidence and Ethics
               

              Can We Be Happier?: Evidence and Ethics (Hardback)

              By Layard, Richard

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              • Pub Date
                4 Feb 20

              We all want to be happier. But is it possible? This book offers a resounding 'yes', by using reasoned ethics and offering a mass of empirical evidence. There is now abundant experiment evidence on how we can build a happier way of life. It speaks to individuals who want to live b...etter and it speaks to the many policy-makers who think there is more to life than GDP. Using this evidence, the book shows chapter by chapter what can be done by teachers, managers, healthcare workers, community leaders and scientists - as well of course, as economists and politicians. But above all it addresses us as individuals, showing how we can live better lives, especially with the help of movements which bring people together in community groups to support happier living. Does this agenda have any hope of taking off? This book says it already has.
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              ISBN 9780241429990
              Released AU 4 Feb 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data
               

              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Spiegelhalter, David

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              • Pub Date
                18 Feb 20

              Every day in the news, we are confronted with a mind-bending range of statistics about the economy, health, unemployment and more, and this information overload has only increased in the wake of the big data revolution. But data does not speak for itself. A basic grasp of statist...ical literacy is more important than ever in order to think critically about the world. In Statistics: The Art of Learning from Data, David Spiegelhalter responds to the growing interest in data science by guiding the reader through the basic statistical principles we need in order not be misled by the numbers. He introduces the fundamental topics in modern statistics - such as data visualization, bias, variability, data-analytics, probability models, discovery, Bayesian inference, and reproducibility - without unnecessary technical detail or equations. Drawing on a range of intriguing contemporary examples and studies, Spiegelhalter uses real world issues to highlight the best (and worst) ways to approach statistical problems. Smart, accessible and packed with the essentials for students and statisticsbewildered readers alike, this book will give you the basic principles for how to derive knowledge from data.
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              ISBN 9780241258767
              Released AU 18 Feb 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data (Hardback)

              By Spiegelhalter, David

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              Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline,... a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever. In How to Tell the Truth with Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides the reader through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. Drawing on real world problems to introduce conceptual issues, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial. How many trees are there on the planet? Do busier hospitals have higher survival rates? Why do old men have big ears? Spiegelhalter reveals the answers to these and many other questions - questions that can only be addressed using statistical science.
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              ISBN 9780241398630
              Released AU 2 Apr 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Hardback)

              By Mitchell, Melanie

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              No recent scientific enterprise has been so alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. How intelligent are the best of today's AI programs? To what extent can we entrust them with decisions that affect our lives?... How human-like do we expect them to become, and how soon do we need to worry about them surpassing us in most, if not all, human endeavours? From leading AI researcher and award-winning author Melanie Mitchell comes a knowledgeable and captivating account of modern-day artificial intelligence. Flavoured with personal stories and a twist of humor, Artificial Intelligence illuminates the workings of machines that mimic human learning, perception, language, creativity, and common sense. Weaving together advances in AI with cognitive science and philosophy, Mitchell probes the extent to which today's smart machines can actually think or understand, and whether AI requires such elusive human qualities in order to be reliable, trustworthy, and beneficial. Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans provides readers with an accessible, entertaining, and clear-eyed view of the AI landscape, what the field has actually accomplished, how much further it has to go, and what it means for all of our futures.
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              ISBN 9780241404829
              Released AU 15 Oct 2019
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              This Is Shakespeare

              This Is Shakespeare (Hardback)

              By Smith, Emma

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              A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery. Who wrote like an angel, putting it all so much better than anyone else. Is this Shakespeare? Well, sor...t of. But it doesn't really tell us the whole truth. So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant, deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws. This electrifying new book thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare's plays and their changing topicality. It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry: who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex. It takes us into a world of politicking and copy-catting, as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day; flirting with and skirting round the cut-throat issues of succession politics, religious upheaval and technological change. The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward questions rather than offering bland answers, always implicating us in working out what it might mean. This is Shakespeare. And he needs your attention.
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              ISBN 9780241392157
              Released AU 7 May 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

              National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Paperback)

              By Eatwell, Roger; Goodwin, Matthew

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              A crucial new guide to one of the most important and most dangerous phenomena of our time: the rise of populism in the West Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigr...ants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which pose the most serious threat to the Western liberal democratic system, and its values, since the Second World War. From the United States to France, Austria to the UK, the national populist challenge to mainstream politics is all around us. But what is behind this exclusionary turn? Who supports these movements and why? What does their rise tell us about the health of liberal democratic politics in the West? And what, if anything, should we do to respond to these challenges? Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of the populist right, National Populism is a lucid and deeply-researched guide to the radical transformations of today's political landscape, revealing why liberal democracies across the West are being challenged-and what those who support them can do to help stem the tide.
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              ISBN 9780241312001
              Released AU 19 Oct 2018
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction

              Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction (Paperback)

              By Chang, Ha-Joon

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              What is economics? What can - and can't - it explain about the world? Why does it matter? This book teaches economics at Cambridge University, and writes a column for the Guardian.

              ISBN 9780718197032
              Released AU 25 Jun 2014
              Publisher Penguin
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              This Is Shakespeare
               

              This Is Shakespeare (Paperback)

              By Smith, Emma

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              • Pub Date
                16 Jun 20

              Shakespeare's work - his language, stories and mind-expanding ideas - has endured and shaped our culture for over four hundred years. His plays have consistently been lauded for their emotional resonance, social relevance and cultural importance. But, why is it, exactly, that the...y mean so much to us? And what, in fact, do they actually mean? This lively, authoritative introduction explores twenty of Shakespeare's greatest plays in depth, exploding the myths that surround them, and illuminating why we can (and must) all read, enjoy, and argue about them. It is a book for people who enjoy the theatre, for students and enthusiasts--but also for all those people who feel they didn't get Shakespeare from the classroom, and want to have another go. It introduces a range of Shakespeare plays and some of the different methodologies and approaches readers might bring to them. It is up-to-date, covering recent topics in Shakespeare criticism - on collaboration and authorship, on gender and sexuality, on editing, and on the history of performance - via specific examples. Each chapter makes connections to others, but is also self-contained, allowing readers to dip in and out, prompted by their own interests or theatre-going.
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              ISBN 9780241361634
              Released AU 16 Jun 2020
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Domesticated Brain: A Pelican Introduction

              The Domesticated Brain: A Pelican Introduction (Paperback)

              By Hood, Bruce

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              Why do we care what others think? What keeps us bound together? How does the brain shape our behaviour? This book deals with these questions.

              ISBN 9780141974866
              Released AU 25 Jun 2014
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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