Smarter Than You Think Summary

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Kelly and Thompson: How High-technology Products Affect Humans
Robots and artificial intelligence are the most rapidly developing high-technology products in recent years. These techniques have been and continue to be applied to an expansive range of problems that arise in medical diagnosis, e-commerce, mathematics, etc. However, how technology promotes our cognitive abilities―making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever before? Clive Thompson, a Brooklyn-based technology newspaperman, addresses this tale to open “Smarter than You Think,” his judicious and insightful book on human and machine intelligence, but he takes it to a more interesting level. The year after his defeat by Deep Blue, Kasparov set out to see what would
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Thompson believes that human and robots have to fairly compete. He addresses the story that the world chess champion Garry Kasparov was beaten in 1997 by Deep Blue, an I.B.M. supercomputer, it was considered to be a major milestone in the march toward artificial intelligence. Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer in the first six games; however, when each game was limited to sixty minutes, Topalov, a top-rated grand master, didn’t have infinite time to consult the robots. As a result, Topalov fought Kasparov to a 3-3 draw (Thompson). This example strongly support Thompson’s point. In contrast, Kelly’s view is more pessimistic. He thinks that human and robots do not have the comparability, so they do not have to fairly compete. In addition, in the ending of his article, he says, “This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. This is a race with the machines” (Kelly). Even though Thompson and Kelly have different points about the competition between human and robots, they all think robots will be more efficient than human in many kinds of jobs. Also, they both discusses that how robots are affecting and will affect people’s jobs

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