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2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and inspiring read - misleading and arrogant, irritating, 2 Dec 2010
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Pros:

Despite the missing references, spelling and grammar mistakes littered throughout, the book is a very interesting and inspiring read. Self-taught and self-motivated, Steve Grand comes across as a very intelligent individual applying 'his' ideas to the field of A.I. Unlike a lot of books, displays a lot of science in the book which is jut the right amount.

Cons:

Despite coming across rather intelligent, Steve seems very arrogant. The author misleadingly portrays that most research and knowledge in the field is incorrect and heading in the wrong direction. He frequently mentions how he performed his own research and modelling for the project, however you get the feeling he could of saved a lot of time, effort and money if he had done some basic research into what other had accomplished. The author misleads the reader by portraying he is pioneering new techniques into A.I such as applying 'Recurrent neural networks' to problems and that the widely used 'Feed forward Networks' are useless, there are many examples of this throughout the book.

Conclusion:

Given how inspiring and interesting this read is I would like to give it a good review. However, as the books purpose is for the public understanding of science I have to punish it for the misleading remarks about the current state of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. If you know anything about A.I or computer science you will probably find this book very irritating to read.
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