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Can We Trust AI?

Rama Chellappa, PhD
with Eric Niiler

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Artificial intelligence is part of our daily lives. How can we address its limitations and guide its use for the benefit of communities worldwide?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved from an experimental computer algorithm used by academic researchers to a commercially reliable method of sifting through large sets of data that detect patterns not readily apparent through more rudimentary search tools. As a result, AI-based programs are helping doctors make more informed decisions about patient care, city planners align roads and highways to reduce traffic congestion with better efficiency…

Artificial intelligence is part of our daily lives. How can we address its limitations and guide its use for the benefit of communities worldwide?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved from an experimental computer algorithm used by academic researchers to a commercially reliable method of sifting through large sets of data that detect patterns not readily apparent through more rudimentary search tools. As a result, AI-based programs are helping doctors make more informed decisions about patient care, city planners align roads and highways to reduce traffic congestion with better efficiency, and merchants scan financial transactions to quickly flag suspicious purchases. But as AI applications grow, concerns have increased, too, including worries about applications that amplify existing biases in business practices and about the safety of self-driving vehicles.

In Can We Trust AI?, Dr. Rama Chellappa, a researcher and innovator with 40 years in the field, recounts the evolution of AI, its current uses, and how it will drive industries and shape lives in the future. Leading AI researchers, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs contribute their expertise as well on how AI works, what we can expect from it, and how it can be harnessed to make our lives not only safer and more convenient but also more equitable.

Can We Trust AI? is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the potential—and pitfalls—of artificial intelligence. The book features:

• an exploration of AI's origins during the post–World War II era through the computer revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and its explosion among technology firms since 2012;
• highlights of innovative ways that AI can diagnose medical conditions more quickly and accurately;
• explanations of how the combination of AI and robotics is changing how we drive; and
• interviews with leading AI researchers who are pushing the boundaries of AI for the world's benefit and working to make its applications safer and more just.

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Drawing on interviews with researchers 'pushing the boundaries of AI for the world's benefit and working to make its applications safer and more just,'Can We Trust AI? responds with a qualified affirmative.

A first-class tour through the evolution, promise and perils of AI by one of its leading lights. A great book for cutting through both the hype and the fear-mongering surrounding AI.

Rama Chellappa's work on automatic recognition of humans has helped define AI research for four decades. In this book, he carefully addresses the history and future of AI, its compelling applications, including in medicine and autonomous driving, and its ethical challenges, questionable uses, potential biases, and privacy issues. It's a terrific and highly personal read!

Artificial intelligence in the past and present; in research labs and industry; in everyday lives and war zones; in reality and science fiction. By going back and forth, Chellappa challenges us to think about what AI truly means to the world, now and into the future. A must-read book for everyone from early adopters of these technologies to their skeptics.

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7
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224
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9781421445304
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. The Birth and Growth of AI
Chapter 2. Saving Lives with Artificial Intelligence
Chapter 3. The Complexities and Contributions of Facial Recognition
Chapter 4. The Promise of Autonomous

Preface
Chapter 1. The Birth and Growth of AI
Chapter 2. Saving Lives with Artificial Intelligence
Chapter 3. The Complexities and Contributions of Facial Recognition
Chapter 4. The Promise of Autonomous Vehicles
Chapter 5. AI's Futurescape
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Notes
Index

Author Bios
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Rama Chellappa, Ph.D.

Rama Chellappa, PhD (POTOMAC, MD), is a pioneering researcher and inventor in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning. A Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering, he is also a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Imaging Science, the Center for Language and Speech Processing, and the Malone Center for Engineering...
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Eric Niiler

Eric Niiler (CHEVY CHASE, MD) is a science writer for The Wall Street Journal and an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Program in Science Writing. His work has appeared in WIRED, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and on NPR and BBC/PRI's The World.