A wide-ranging, accessible look at AI–related changes that are coming for virtually every profession in the 21st century.



In their debut nonfiction collaboration, Marin and Luka Ivezic, father and son, address the wide range of possibilities and challenges represented by AI.

The authors cite the inroads that AI has made into all aspects of modern life, from the world of investment to the practice of medicine to more mundane things, like everyday finance or automation (self-driving cars, planes that fly and land themselves). They contend that only businesses that have adapted and trained for the inevitable incorporation of AI will survive and thrive. Most likely, there will be no meaningful exceptions: “Even ‘knowledge workers’—engineers, physicians, scientists, lawyers and any other workers who, as business process consultant Thomas Davenport aptly puts it, basically ‘think for a living’—face the likelihood that parts of their current jobs will be automated by AI.” Any reader who’s required in-depth medical diagnostics in the last few years will be able to attest—perhaps uncomfortably—to how extensively this is already true, and likewise, anyone who’s dabbled in investing will know how much of the industry is now conducted by machines. But although the authors here are thorough in their extrapolations of what’s coming, they also seek to reassure their readers. “Are we then headed into a Dark Age where humans will be rendered obsolete?” they ask. “Again, the answer is a resounding, ‘No!’ AI and the other emerging technologies are not a step into a world that says, ‘No humans needed.’ ” The Ivezics expertly articulate the various complex ways AI can mesh with human entrepreneurship, pointing out that human intuition can counterbalance and enhance machine speed and precision specifically because it’s nonquantifiable.

A wide-ranging, accessible look at AI–related changes that are coming for virtually every profession in the 21st century.

Pub Date: April 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-73274-970-2

Page Count: 257

Publisher: Self

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2020

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A welcome reference, entertaining and information-packed, for any outdoors-inclined reader.


The bad news: On any given outdoor expedition, you are your own worst enemy. The good news: If you are prepared, which this book helps you achieve, you might just live through it.

As MeatEater host and experienced outdoorsman Rinella notes, there are countless dangers attendant in going into mountains, woods, or deserts; he quotes journalist Wes Siler: “People have always managed to find stupid ways to die.” Avoiding stupid mistakes is the overarching point of Rinella’s latest book, full of provocative and helpful advice. One stupid way to die is not to have the proper equipment. There’s a complication built into the question, given that when humping gear into the outdoors, weight is always an issue. The author’s answer? “Build your gear list by prioritizing safety.” That entails having some means of communication, water, food, and shelter foremost and then adding on “extra shit.” As to that, he notes gravely, “a National Park Service geologist recently estimated that as much as 215,000 pounds of feces has been tossed haphazardly into crevasses along the climbing route on Denali National Park’s Kahiltna Glacier, where climbers melt snow for drinking water.” Ingesting fecal matter is a quick route to sickness, and Rinella adds, there are plenty of outdoorspeople who have no idea of how to keep their bodily wastes from ruining the scenery or poisoning the water supply. Throughout, the author provides precise information about wilderness first aid, ranging from irrigating wounds to applying arterial pressure to keeping someone experiencing a heart attack (a common event outdoors, given that so many people overexert without previous conditioning) alive. Some takeaways: Keep your crotch dry, don’t pitch a tent under a dead tree limb, walk side-hill across mountains, and “do not enter a marsh or swamp in flip-flops, and think twice before entering in strap-on sandals such as Tevas or Chacos.”

A welcome reference, entertaining and information-packed, for any outdoors-inclined reader.

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-12969-2

Page Count: 464

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2020

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A straightforward, carefully detailed presentation of how ``fruit comes from flowers,'' from winter's snow-covered buds through pollination and growth to ripening and harvest. Like the text, the illustrations are admirably clear and attractive, including the larger-than-life depiction of the parts of the flower at different stages. An excellent contribution to the solidly useful ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science'' series. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 30, 1992

ISBN: 0-06-020055-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1991

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