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Official Review: Big Brain Revolution

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[Following is an official review of "Big Brain Revolution" by Dr Michelle Tempest.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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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.

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Post by JoyALB »

I like the title of this book and I particularly like the topic. I am very interested in how AI will, and to a great degree already has, affected the human race. I’m looking forward to reading the author’s view on AI. Thank you for the comprehensive review.

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Post by Cynthia_Oluchi »

I totally agree with you - our lives are caught in the web of technology. And no, I do think the Artificial Intelligence will measure up to the place of Emotional Intelligence.

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Post by Tavaiel26 »

Thanks for reviewing, I'm really interested in AI and its great to know that this is the kind of book that I can understand without having a background in computer sciences.

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Post by NatRose »

This book seems right up my alley and I'll have to keep it in mind for future reading. I recently read a book about AI and robots (The Fourth Age by Byron Reese) which was very enlightening, but I think this is a topic that it's best to get multiple opinions on. As someone who has studied both computer science and psychology, I would especially welcome the connections to emotion and memory. Also, from what I can gather from your review it seems that Dr. Tempest is not joining in on the trend of extreme pessimism about AI and the future, which I appreciate. While pessimistic books probably have some good points, they are hard to read because the future is coming whether we like it or not.

Thank you for the great review and bringing this book to my attention! :tiphat:

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Post by annadeniseneal »

This is a great review! I have a psychology degree and work as an educator. AI still scares me, though. I'm going to read this book to see if Dr. Tempest can help me have a more positive view on AI and not be so apprehensive.
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Post by praise+anyi »

It's a good thing that the author could translate his thoughts and knowledge in a manner that anyone would be able to grasp. As an IT person, I feel I have a lot to grasp from Dr. Tempest optimistic view of Artificial intelligence.

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Post by Ivona R »

I'd be interested to read this book. I believe it gives us a better understanding of AI and our brains. Thanks for the great review.

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