Building Smarter Machines
In 2011 a computer named Watson outscored two human competitors on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! and snagged the million-dollar prize. Watson isn’t the only machine keeping up with humans. The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is booming, with drones, robots, and computers handling tasks that once only humans could perform.
Such advances raise challenging questions. Do Watson and other computers really think? Can machines acquire self-awareness? Is AI a promising or a dangerous technology? No machine, not even Watson, yet comes close to matching human intelligence, but many scientists believe it is only a matter of time before we reach this milestone. What will such a future look like?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Science, Young Adult|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Technology|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|Reading Counts! Level||11.6|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|ATOS Reading Level||8.6|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||190013|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||4.0|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
School Library Journal
“An excellent addition to collections eager to encourage STEM conversations.”—School Library Journal
“McPherson’s straightforward, accessible text offers fascinating, thought-provoking, and up-to-date information on a high-interest, very relevant topic to contemporary teens.”—Booklist
Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband, Richard, live in Virginia but also call California home.