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Books > Computing & IT > Applications of computing > Artificial intelligence > General

Automated Planning and Acting (Hardcover): Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau, Paolo Traverso Automated Planning and Acting (Hardcover)
Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau, Paolo Traverso
R1,273 R1,202 Discovery Miles 12 020 Save R71 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Autonomous AI systems need complex computational techniques for planning and performing actions. Planning and acting require significant deliberation because an intelligent system must coordinate and integrate these activities in order to act effectively in the real world. This book presents a comprehensive paradigm of planning and acting using the most recent and advanced automated-planning techniques. It explains the computational deliberation capabilities that allow an actor, whether physical or virtual, to reason about its actions, choose them, organize them purposefully, and act deliberately to achieve an objective. Useful for students, practitioners, and researchers, this book covers state-of-the-art planning techniques, acting techniques, and their integration which will allow readers to design intelligent systems that are able to act effectively in the real world.

AI for People and Business (Paperback): Alex Castrounis AI for People and Business (Paperback)
Alex Castrounis
R1,019 R586 Discovery Miles 5 860 Save R433 (42%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What are the risks, considerations, trade-offs, and constraints for pursuing an artificial intelligence project for your business? This practical book describes the value of AI and shows executives, data scientists, and software engineers how to align AI with company goals. Author Alex Castrounis introduces a framework that executives and practitioners can use to gain the most value with AI, while mitigating risk and ensuring the best chance of success. This framework will help you determine why AI is a fit for your business and provides a guide for all the AI project processes that follow-including data ingestion, model selection and training, model tuning, and results delivered. Learn why and how to use AI for achieving business goals Get a big-picture view of the potential business value of AI Align AI to your business goals using a framework to help you identify opportunities

Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): Janusz Kacprzyk, Witold Pedrycz Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Janusz Kacprzyk, Witold Pedrycz
R7,305 R5,592 Discovery Miles 55 920 Save R1,713 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Springer Handbook for Computational Intelligence is the first book covering the basics, the state-of-the-art and important applications of the dynamic and rapidly expanding discipline of computational intelligence. This comprehensive handbook makes readers familiar with a broad spectrum of approaches to solve various problems in science and technology. Possible approaches include, for example, those being inspired by biology, living organisms and animate systems. Content is organized in seven parts: foundations; fuzzy logic; rough sets; evolutionary computation; neural networks; swarm intelligence and hybrid computational intelligence systems. Each Part is supervised by its own Part Editor(s) so that high-quality content as well as completeness are assured.

Inhuman Power - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Paperback): Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen,... Inhuman Power - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism (Paperback)
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjosen, James Steinhoff
R435 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R89 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seen major advances in recent years. While machines were always central to the Marxist analysis of capitalism, AI is a new kind of machine that Marx could not have anticipated. Contemporary machine-learning AI allows machines to increasingly approach human capacities for perception and reasoning in narrow domains. This book explores the relationship between Marxist theory and AI through the lenses of different theoretical concepts, including surplus-value, labour, the general conditions of production, class composition and surplus population. It argues against left accelerationism and post-Operaismo thinkers, asserting that a deeper analysis of AI produces a more complex and disturbing picture of capitalism's future than has previously been identified. Inhuman Power argues that on its current trajectory, AI represents an ultimate weapon for capital. It will render humanity obsolete or turn it into a species of transhumans working for a wage until the heat death of the universe; a fate that is only avoidable by communist revolution.

The Big Nine - How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (Paperback): Amy Webb The Big Nine - How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (Paperback)
Amy Webb 1
R315 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R67 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

We like to think that we are in control of the future of "artificial" intelligence. The reality, though, is that we--the everyday people whose data powers AI--aren't actually in control of anything. When, for example, we speak with Alexa, we contribute that data to a system we can't see and have no input into--one largely free from regulation or oversight. The big nine corporations--Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM and Apple--are the new gods of AI and are short-changing our futures to reap immediate financial gain. In this book, Amy Webb reveals the pervasive, invisible ways in which the foundations of AI--the people working on the system, their motivations, the technology itself--are broken. Within our lifetimes, AI will, by design, begin to behave unpredictably, thinking and acting in ways which defy human logic. The big nine corporations may be inadvertently building and enabling vast arrays of intelligent systems that don't share our motivations, desires, or hopes for the future of humanity. Much more than a passionate, human-centered call-to-arms, this book delivers a strategy for changing course, and provides a path for liberating us from algorithmic decision-makers and powerful corporations.

Python for Programmers - with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Case Studies (Hardcover): Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel Python for Programmers - with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Case Studies (Hardcover)
Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel
R1,042 R905 Discovery Miles 9 050 Save R137 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The professional programmer's Deitel(R) guide to Python(R) with introductory artificial intelligence case studies Written for programmers with a background in another high-level language, this book uses hands-on instruction to teach today's most compelling, leading-edge computing technologies and programming in Python-one of the world's most popular and fastest-growing languages. Please read the Table of Contents diagram inside the front cover and the Preface for more details. In the context of 500+, real-world examples ranging from individual snippets to 40 large scripts and full implementation case studies, you'll use the interactive IPython interpreter with code in Jupyter Notebooks to quickly master the latest Python coding idioms. After covering Python Chapters 1--5 and a few key parts of Chapters 6--7, you'll be able to handle significant portions of the hands-on introductory AI case studies in Chapters 11--16, which are loaded with cool, powerful, contemporary examples. These include natural language processing, data mining Twitter(R) for sentiment analysis, cognitive computing with IBM(R) Watson(TM), supervised machine learning with classification and regression, unsupervised machine learning with clustering, computer vision through deep learning and convolutional neural networks, deep learning with recurrent neural networks, big data with Hadoop(R), Spark(TM) and NoSQL databases, the Internet of Things and more. You'll also work directly or indirectly with cloud-based services, including Twitter, Google Translate(TM), IBM Watson, Microsoft(R) Azure(R), OpenMapQuest, PubNub and more. Features 500+ hands-on, real-world, live-code examples from snippets to case studies IPython + code in Jupyter(R) Notebooks Library-focused: Uses Python Standard Library and data science libraries to accomplish significant tasks with minimal code Rich Python coverage: Control statements, functions, strings, files, JSON serialization, CSV, exceptions Procedural, functional-style and object-oriented programming Collections: Lists, tuples, dictionaries, sets, NumPy arrays, pandas Series & DataFrames Static, dynamic and interactive visualizations Data experiences with real-world datasets and data sources Intro to Data Science sections: AI, basic stats, simulation, animation, random variables, data wrangling, regression AI, big data and cloud data science case studies: NLP, data mining Twitter(R), IBM(R) Watson(TM), machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, Hadoop(R), Spark(TM), NoSQL, IoT Open-source libraries: NumPy, pandas, Matplotlib, Seaborn, Folium, SciPy, NLTK, TextBlob, spaCy, Textatistic, Tweepy, scikit-learn(R), Keras and more. Register your product for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available.

30-Second AI & Robotics - 50 key notions, fields, and events in the rise of intelligent machines, each explained in half a... 30-Second AI & Robotics - 50 key notions, fields, and events in the rise of intelligent machines, each explained in half a minute (Hardcover)
Luis De Miranda
R347 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R72 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This comprehensive presentation of the core concepts and historical landmarks in robotics and artificial intelligence is a must-read for those who want to understand the important changes happening now in our everyday lives, in the workplace, and in our minds and bodies. What is deep in "deep learning"? Can artificial intelligence really think? What will robots really look like in the near future? Is there a new class divide between those who understand technology and those who fear it? A clear and exhaustive introduction for non-specialists, 30-Second AI & Robotics will help the reader to navigate the world of ubiquitous computers, smart cities, and collaborative robots. At last, an optimistic and friendly book about our human possibilities in the time of automata.

The Fourth Age - Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity (Hardcover): Byron Reese The Fourth Age - Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity (Hardcover)
Byron Reese 1
R445 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R165 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging." -The New York Times As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species. In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: - 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language. - 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare. - 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state. We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and how-rather than what-we should think about the topics we'll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity. By asking questions like "Are you a machine?" and "Could a computer feel anything?", Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they'll transform humanity.

Social Signal Processing (Hardcover): Judee K. Burgoon, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Maja Pantic, Alessandro Vinciarelli Social Signal Processing (Hardcover)
Judee K. Burgoon, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Maja Pantic, Alessandro Vinciarelli
R1,592 R1,497 Discovery Miles 14 970 Save R95 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Social Signal Processing is the first book to cover all aspects of the modeling, automated detection, analysis, and synthesis of nonverbal behavior in human-human and human-machine interactions. Authoritative surveys address conceptual foundations, machine analysis and synthesis of social signal processing, and applications. Foundational topics include affect perception and interpersonal coordination in communication; later chapters cover technologies for automatic detection and understanding such as computational paralinguistics and facial expression analysis and for the generation of artificial social signals such as social robots and artificial agents. The final section covers a broad spectrum of applications based on social signal processing in healthcare, deception detection, and digital cities, including detection of developmental diseases and analysis of small groups. Each chapter offers a basic introduction to its topic, accessible to students and other newcomers, and then outlines challenges and future perspectives for the benefit of experienced researchers and practitioners in the field.

The Digital Ape - How to Live (in Peace) with Smart Machines (Paperback): Nigel Shadbolt, Roger Hampson The Digital Ape - How to Live (in Peace) with Smart Machines (Paperback)
Nigel Shadbolt, Roger Hampson 1
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

How smart machines are transforming us all ― and what we should do about it.

The smart-machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Here, Nigel Shadbolt, one of Britain’s leading authorities on artificial intelligence, and Roger Hampson dispel terror, confusion, and misconception. They argue that it is human stupidity, not artificial intelligence, that should concern us.

Lucid, well-informed, and deeply human, The Digital Ape offers a unique approach to some of the biggest questions about our future.

Twitterbots - Making Machines that Make Meaning (Hardcover): Tony Veale, Mike Cook Twitterbots - Making Machines that Make Meaning (Hardcover)
Tony Veale, Mike Cook
R635 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R191 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The world of Twitterbots, from botdom's greatest hits to bot construction to the place of the bot in the social media universe. Twitter offers a unique medium for creativity and curiosity for humans and machines. The tweets of Twitterbots, autonomous software systems that send messages of their own composition into the Twittersphere, mingle with the tweets of human creators; the next person to follow you on Twitter or to "like" your tweets may not a person at all. The next generator of content that you follow on Twitter may also be a bot. This book examines the world of Twitterbots, from botdom's greatest hits to the hows and whys of bot-building to the place of bots in the social media landscape. In Twitterbots, Tony Veale and Mike Cook examine not only the technical challenges of bending the affordances of Twitter to the implementation of your own Twitterbots but also the greater knowledge-engineering challenge of building bots that can craft witty, provocative, and concise outputs of their own. Veale and Cook offer a guided tour of some of Twitter's most notable bots, from the deadpan @big_ben_clock, which tweets a series of BONGs every hour to mark the time, to the delightful @pentametron, which finds and pairs tweets that can be read in iambic pentameter, to the disaster of Microsoft's @TayAndYou (which "learned" conspiracy theories, racism, and extreme politics from other tweets). They explain how to navigate Twitter's software interfaces to program your own Twitterbots in Java, keeping the technical details to a minimum and focusing on the creative implications of bots and their generative worlds. Every Twitterbot, they argue, is a thought experiment given digital form; each embodies a hypothesis about the nature of meaning making and creativity that encourages its followers to become willing test subjects and eager consumers of automated creation. Some bots are as malevolent as their authors. Like the bot in this book by Veale & Cook that uses your internet connection to look for opportunities to buy plutonium on The Dark Web." [email protected] "If writing is like cooking then this new book about Twitter 'bots' is like Apple Charlotte made with whale blubber instead of butter." [email protected] These bot critiques generated at https://cheapbotsdonequick.com/source/PROSECCOnetwork

Art and Illusionists (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Nicholas Wade Art and Illusionists (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Nicholas Wade
R1,028 R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Save R307 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

We delight in using our eyes, particularly when puzzling over pictures. Art and illusionists is a celebration of pictures and the multiple modes of manipulating them to produce illusory worlds on flat surfaces. This has proved fascinating to humankind since the dawning of depiction. Art and illusionists is also a celebration of the ways we see pictures, and of our ability to distil meaning from arrays of contours and colours. Pictures are not only a source of fascination for artists, who produce them, but also for scientists, who analyse the perceptual effects they induce. Illusions provide the glue to cement the art and science of vision. Painters plumb the art of observation itself whereas scientists peer into the processes of perception. Both visual artists and scientists have produced patterns that perplex our perceptions and present us with puzzles that we are pleased to peruse. Art and illusionists presents these two poles of pictorial representation as well as presenting novel `perceptual portraits' of the artists and scientists who have augmented the art of illusion. The reader can experience the paradoxes of pictures as well as producing their own by using the stereoscopic glasses enclosed and the transparent overlay for making dynamic moire patterns.

The AI Advantage - How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work (Paperback): Thomas H Davenport The AI Advantage - How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work (Paperback)
Thomas H Davenport
R349 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R65 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cutting through the hype, a practical guide to using artificial intelligence for business benefits and competitive advantage. In The AI Advantage, Thomas Davenport offers a guide to using artificial intelligence in business. He describes what technologies are available and how companies can use them for business benefits and competitive advantage. He cuts through the hype of the AI craze-remember when it seemed plausible that IBM's Watson could cure cancer?-to explain how businesses can put artificial intelligence to work now, in the real world. His key recommendation: don't go for the "moonshot" (curing cancer, or synthesizing all investment knowledge); look for the "low-hanging fruit" to make your company more efficient. Davenport explains that the business value AI offers is solid rather than sexy or splashy. AI will improve products and processes and make decisions better informed-important but largely invisible tasks. AI technologies won't replace human workers but augment their capabilities, with smart machines to work alongside smart people. AI can automate structured and repetitive work; provide extensive analysis of data through machine learning ("analytics on steroids"), and engage with customers and employees via chatbots and intelligent agents. Companies should experiment with these technologies and develop their own expertise. Davenport describes the major AI technologies and explains how they are being used, reports on the AI work done by large commercial enterprises like Amazon and Google, and outlines strategies and steps to becoming a cognitive corporation. This book provides an invaluable guide to the real-world future of business AI. A book in the Management on the Cutting Edge series, published in cooperation with MIT Sloan Management Review.

Deep Medicine - How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (Hardcover): Eric Topol Deep Medicine - How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (Hardcover)
Eric Topol 1
R673 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R252 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence - How to identify and implement applications for AI in your organization... The Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence - How to identify and implement applications for AI in your organization (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Andrew Burgess
R746 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R198 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book takes a pragmatic and hype-free approach to explaining artificial intelligence and how it can be utilised by businesses today. At the core of the book is a framework, developed by the author, which describes in non-technical language the eight core capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Each of these capabilities, ranging from image recognition, through natural language processing, to prediction, is explained using real-life examples and how they can be applied in a business environment. It will include interviews with executives who have successfully implemented AI as well as CEOs from AI vendors and consultancies. AI is one of the most talked about technologies in business today. It has the ability to deliver step-change benefits to organisations and enables forward-thinking CEOs to rethink their business models or create completely new businesses. But most of the real value of AI is hidden behind marketing hyperbole, confusing terminology, inflated expectations and dire warnings of `robot overlords'. Any business executive that wants to know how to exploit AI in their business today is left confused and frustrated. As an advisor in Artificial Intelligence, Andrew Burgess regularly comes face-to-face with business executives who are struggling to cut through the hype that surrounds AI. The knowledge and experience he has gained in advising them, as well as working as a strategic advisor to AI vendors and consultancies, has provided him with the skills to help business executives understand what AI is and how they can exploit its many benefits. Through the distilled knowledge included in this book business leaders will be able to take full advantage of this most disruptive of technologies and create substantial competitive advantage for their companies.

The AI Advantage - How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work (Hardcover): Thomas H Davenport The AI Advantage - How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work (Hardcover)
Thomas H Davenport
R555 R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Save R54 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Cutting through the hype, a practical guide to using artificial intelligence for business benefits and competitive advantage. In The AI Advantage, Thomas Davenport offers a guide to using artificial intelligence in business. He describes what technologies are available and how companies can use them for business benefits and competitive advantage. He cuts through the hype of the AI craze-remember when it seemed plausible that IBM's Watson could cure cancer?-to explain how businesses can put artificial intelligence to work now, in the real world. His key recommendation: don't go for the "moonshot" (curing cancer, or synthesizing all investment knowledge); look for the "low-hanging fruit" to make your company more efficient. Davenport explains that the business value AI offers is solid rather than sexy or splashy. AI will improve products and processes and make decisions better informed-important but largely invisible tasks. AI technologies won't replace human workers but augment their capabilities, with smart machines to work alongside smart people. AI can automate structured and repetitive work; provide extensive analysis of data through machine learning ("analytics on steroids"), and engage with customers and employees via chatbots and intelligent agents. Companies should experiment with these technologies and develop their own expertise. Davenport describes the major AI technologies and explains how they are being used, reports on the AI work done by large commercial enterprises like Amazon and Google, and outlines strategies and steps to becoming a cognitive corporation. This book provides an invaluable guide to the real-world future of business AI. A book in the Management on the Cutting Edge series, published in cooperation with MIT Sloan Management Review.

Scientific Computing with MATLAB and Octave (Hardcover, 4th ed. 2014): Alfio Quarteroni, Fausto Saleri, Paola Gervasio Scientific Computing with MATLAB and Octave (Hardcover, 4th ed. 2014)
Alfio Quarteroni, Fausto Saleri, Paola Gervasio
R1,249 R1,035 Discovery Miles 10 350 Save R214 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This textbook is an introduction to Scientific Computing, in which several numerical methods for the computer-based solution of certain classes of mathematical problems are illustrated. The authors show how to compute the zeros, the extrema, and the integrals of continuous functions, solve linear systems, approximate functions using polynomials and construct accurate approximations for the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. To make the format concrete and appealing, the programming environments Matlab and Octave are adopted as faithful companions. The book contains the solutions to several problems posed in exercises and examples, often originating from important applications. At the end of each chapter, a specific section is devoted to subjects which were not addressed in the book and contains bibliographical references for a more comprehensive treatment of the material.

From the review:

..".. This carefully written textbook, the third English edition, contains substantial new developments on the numerical solution of differential equations. It is typeset in a two-color design and is written in a style suited for readers who have mathematics, natural sciences, computer sciences or economics as a background and who are interested in a well-organized introduction to the subject." Roberto Plato (Siegen), Zentralblatt MATH 1205.65002.

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Artificial You - AI and the Future of Your Mind (Hardcover): Susan Schneider Artificial You - AI and the Future of Your Mind (Hardcover)
Susan Schneider
R467 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R100 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A sober-minded philosophical exploration of what AI can and cannot achieve Humans may not be Earth (TM)s most intelligent species for much longer: the world chess, Go, and Jeopardy! champions are now all AIs. Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that AI could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades. From there, it could quickly outpace human intelligence. What do these developments mean for the future of the mind? In Artificial You, Susan Schneider urges that it is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it is crucial to beware. Homo sapiens, as mind designers, will be playing with "tools" they do not understand how to use: the self, the mind, and consciousness. Schneider argues that an insufficient grasp of the nature of self, consciousness, and mind could undermine the use of AI and brain enhancement technology, bringing about the demise or suffering of conscious beings. To flourish, we must grasp the philosophical issues lying beneath the algorithms. At the heart of her exploration is a sober-minded discussion of what AI can truly achieve: Can robots really be conscious? Can we merge with AI, as tech leaders like Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil, suggest? Is the mind just a program? Examining these thorny issues, Schneider proposes ways we can test for machine consciousness, questions whether consciousness is an unavoidable byproduct of sophisticated intelligence, and considers the overall dangers of creating machine minds.

Taxing Robots - Helping the Economy to Adapt to the Use of Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover): Xavier Oberson Taxing Robots - Helping the Economy to Adapt to the Use of Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover)
Xavier Oberson
R1,823 Discovery Miles 18 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The increasing use of artificial intelligence within the workplace is likely to cause significant disruption to the labour market and in turn, to the economy, due to a reduction in the number of taxable workers. In this innovative book, Xavier Oberson proposes taxing robots as a possible solution to the anticipated problem of declining tax revenues. In accordance with guiding legal and economic principles, the book explores the various tax models that could be applied to both the use of robots, such as a usage or automation tax, and to robots directly. Numerous associated issues are discussed, such as the definition of robots for tax purposes, the difficulty of granting a tax capacity to robots, as well as the compatibility of robot taxes with international tax rules. The author concludes by putting forward a possible system for the taxation of robots, taking all of these issues into consideration. Being the first work of its kind to explore the potential for taxing robots in detail, this book will be a unique resource for researchers in the fields of law and economics who have an interest in the impact of artificial intelligence. Lawyers and tax professionals can also benefit from Oberson's insights on what future models of taxation may look like and what the legal consequences may be.

Agent Technology for E-Commerce (Paperback): Maria Fasli Agent Technology for E-Commerce (Paperback)
Maria Fasli
R1,236 R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Save R276 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Agents are computational systems that are capable of autonomous, reactive and proactive behaviour, and are also able to interact with each other. The application of agents in e-Commerce is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting areas of computer science. This emerging technology is enabling individuals and businesses to take advantage of the new and powerful medium of the World Wide Web.

"Agent Technology for e-Commerce" introduces the main theory behind and the applications of agent technology in e-Commerce in a way that is accessible to students with a basic background in computer science. Bringing together economics, game theory and multi-agent systems in a clear and accessible way, this book offers an introduction to agent technology and architectures, as well as providing more in-depth coverage of subjects such as negotiation, auctions, bargaining, voting protocols and coalition formation. Mobile agents and issues of trust and security are also addressed.

Containing exercises and topics for discussion, this book is ideal for classroom use or self-study, and will be of considerable interest to computing and IT professionals who wish explore the fast-moving discipline of agent technology for e-Commerce.

Android Dreams - The Past, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover): Toby Walsh Android Dreams - The Past, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover)
Toby Walsh 1
R424 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R49 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The development of thinking machines is an adventure as bold and ambitious as any that humans have attempted. And the truth is that Artificial Intelligence is already an indispensable part of our daily lives. Without it, Google wouldn't have answers and your smartphone would just be a phone. But how will AI change society by 2050? Will it destroy jobs? Or even pose an existential threat? Android Dreams is a lively exploration of how AI will transform our societies, economies and selves. From robot criminals to cyber healthcare, and a sky full of empty planes, Toby Walsh's predictions about AI are guaranteed to surprise you.

Probabilistic Robotics (Hardcover): Sebastian Thrun, Wolfram Burgard, Dieter Fox Probabilistic Robotics (Hardcover)
Sebastian Thrun, Wolfram Burgard, Dieter Fox
R1,524 R1,120 Discovery Miles 11 200 Save R404 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An introduction to the techniques and algorithms of the newest field in robotics. Probabilistic robotics is a new and growing area in robotics, concerned with perception and control in the face of uncertainty. Building on the field of mathematical statistics, probabilistic robotics endows robots with a new level of robustness in real-world situations. This book introduces the reader to a wealth of techniques and algorithms in the field. All algorithms are based on a single overarching mathematical foundation. Each chapter provides example implementations in pseudo code, detailed mathematical derivations, discussions from a practitioner's perspective, and extensive lists of exercises and class projects. The book's Web site, www.probabilistic-robotics.org, has additional material. The book is relevant for anyone involved in robotic software development and scientific research. It will also be of interest to applied statisticians and engineers dealing with real-world sensor data.

AIQ - How artificial intelligence works and how we can harness its power for a better world (Paperback): Nick Polson, James... AIQ - How artificial intelligence works and how we can harness its power for a better world (Paperback)
Nick Polson, James Scott 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Two leading data scientists offer an up-close and user-friendly look at artificial intelligence: what it is, how it works, where it came from and how to harness its power for a better world. 'There comes a time in the life of a subject when someone steps up and writes the book about it. AIQ explores the fascinating history of the ideas that drive this technology of the future and demystifies the core concepts behind it; the result is a positive and entertaining look at the great potential unlocked by marrying human creativity with powerful machines.' Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics Dozens of times per day, we all interact with intelligent machines that are constantly learning from the wealth of data now available to them. These machines, from smart phones to talking robots to self-driving cars, are remaking the world in the twenty first century in the same way that the Industrial Revolution remade the world in the nineteenth. AIQ is based on a simple premise: if you want to understand the modern world, then you have to know a little bit of the mathematical language spoken by intelligent machines. AIQ will teach you that language but in an unconventional way, anchored in stories rather than equations. You will meet a fascinating cast of historical characters who have a lot to teach you about data, probability and better thinking. Along the way, you'll see how these same ideas are playing out in the modern age of big data and intelligent machines, and how these technologies will soon help you to overcome some of your built-in cognitive weaknesses, giving you a chance to lead a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.

The Measure of All Minds - Evaluating Natural and Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover): Jose Hernandez Orallo The Measure of All Minds - Evaluating Natural and Artificial Intelligence (Hardcover)
Jose Hernandez Orallo
R1,542 R1,342 Discovery Miles 13 420 Save R200 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Are psychometric tests valid for a new reality of artificial intelligence systems, technology-enhanced humans, and hybrids yet to come? Are the Turing Test, the ubiquitous CAPTCHAs, and the various animal cognition tests the best alternatives? In this fascinating and provocative book, Jose Hernandez-Orallo formulates major scientific questions, integrates the most significant research developments, and offers a vision of the universal evaluation of cognition. By replacing the dominant anthropocentric stance with a universal perspective where living organisms are considered as a special case, long-standing questions in the evaluation of behavior can be addressed in a wider landscape. Can we derive task difficulty intrinsically? Is a universal g factor - a common general component for all abilities - theoretically possible? Using algorithmic information theory as a foundation, the book elaborates on the evaluation of perceptual, developmental, social, verbal and collective features and critically analyzes what the future of intelligence might look like.

Unscaled - How A.I. and a New Generation of Upstarts are Creating the Economy of the Future (Paperback): Hemant Taneja Unscaled - How A.I. and a New Generation of Upstarts are Creating the Economy of the Future (Paperback)
Hemant Taneja 1
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'A thought-provoking look at the technology that is changing the world of business and the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges for society as a whole.' - Kenneth I. Chenault, former chief executive officer, American Express Company Throughout the twentieth century, technology and economics drove a dominant logic: bigger was almost always better. It was smart to scale up - to take advantage of classic economies of scale. But in the unscaled economy, size and scale have become a liability. Today's most successful companies - Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, Salesforce - have defied the traditional 'economies of scale' approach by renting scale instead of spending vast amounts of money building it. And a new generation of upstarts is using artificial intelligence to automate tasks that once required expensive investment, enabling them to grow big without the bloat of giant organisations. In Unscaled, Hemant Taneja convincingly shows how the unscaled economy is remaking massive, deeply-rooted industries and opening up fantastic possibilities for entrepreneurs, imaginative companies and resourceful individuals. Beyond that, it can be the model for solving some of the world's greatest problems, including climate change and soaring healthcare costs, potentially reversing many of the ills brought on by mass industrialization. The unscale wave has only just started. To succeed in business today, companies, CEOs and leaders everywhere must unlearn what they have been taught - they must embrace an unscaled mindset.

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