Artificial Intelligence: Building Smarter Machines

104p. bibliog. filmog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Sept. 2017. lib. ed. $35.99. ISBN 9781512418262.
Gr 6 Up—McPherson has written an exciting, and often disturbing account, of the history and current issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) that is bound to appeal to young adults interested in robotics, programming, engineering, the history of science, or science and society debates. The nonjudgmental approach of the topic manages to convey the hope for society that AI offers while not shying away from the potential dark side, particularly in the areas of lost jobs or the notion that machines are devoid of human empathy. The clear text is complemented by engaging pull quotes and sidebars, and librarians will appreciate the navigable headings that lead readers through the prose. Aspiring teen authors interested in science fiction will find plenty of popular culture and literary references, as well as possible inspiration for their next novel. McPherson references key authors and books throughout the text, and the extensive back matter provides ample opportunities for researchers and report writers. Source notes are included. However, the lack of actual footnote numbers in the main text may result in confusion.
VERDICT An excellent addition to collections eager to encourage STEM conversations.

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