Jill Lepore, the Harvard historian and New Yorker writer, argues that a company you’ve never heard of “helped invent the data-mad and near-totalitarian twenty-first century.” Moreover, she
“Machines will be capable, within twenty years, of doing any work a man can do.” This was the confident pronouncement of artificial intelligence pioneer Herb Simon in 1965.
Hard as it is to believe, the iPhone is a decade old. It seems as though everyone has been talking on one, walking head down staring at one, or taking photos with one forever.
Reckoning with Matter focuses on two inventors Blaise Pascal and Charles Babbage, and their efforts in the invention and construction of mechanical calculators.
In Our Own Image will make accessible to readers many of the complex issues behind artificial intelligence (AI).
“Mr. Arthur . . . does something unexpected in his book: He breathes life into these billion-dollar companies and makes them . . . human.”