Preparing for the AI and Robotic Revolution – Book Review

Noel Jerke’s and Grayson Jerke’s Preparing for the AI and Robotic Revolution got my attention because I observed how humans became dependent on technology. A part of me still lives an old soul and thought about how things would be like if we could settle with doing things the traditional way; however, I realized that indeed, technology marches on and there is no stopping it. And so, I figured it’s time to indeed “prepare for the revolution,” I decided to check out the book.

Overall I found the book very informative and has mostly positive points with just a couple of negatives. Let me begin with the positive attributes I took note of while browsing it. The first thing that I noticed is this book does not assume that the readers have prior knowledge of AI and Robotics, which I think is a good thing. I am not techy nor a wiz for me to know the computer or robotics jargon. It allows its readers to comprehend its content. The examples provided are vivid and clear; that is why you don’t even need a picture or look it up to know what the author is about. Hyperlinks were handy because if you had difficulty understanding or visualizing what the author intends to indicate, you can easily access it rather than moving to another gadget or application to look it up.

Another good point that I would like to emphasize is how this book gave an excellent introduction to AI and how technology impacts modern life. It was like somebody poured cold water unto me because I enlightened me on how humans benefited from these innovations. Aside from keeping us connected from one another, it also kept our information safe and secure. And I agree with the idea of how AI reduced human errors and even redundant tasks. Many of us are using digital assistance, and we always took it for granted. It made me appreciate every ounce of help I failed to realize I am using every single day.

The author also included some historical background and was able to trace how robots came to be. From manual machines made in the past, the facts provided will surely give its readers a walkthrough of where we are now in terms of technology and robotics. From there, I learned how these inventions aided and even solved problems faced in the past. 

The facts given by Noel Jerke and Grayson Jerke in chapters were informative in the sense of how AI and Robotics became useful in different industries and how it is applied in a real-world situation. It is thrilling in a sense because it will make you realize how vital these machines and algorithms came to be! And the good thing about it is humans accepted it gradually in the course of history. Just thinking about how tasks and innovations were made possible and convenient, especially in medicine, exploration, and manufacturing?

Despite all the advantages given, the authors presented a realistic down-side of the extraordinary potential of robots and AI. This book put me in a situation wherein I am convinced and fascinated; then, this book will suddenly transport you to the top of the roller coaster and about to fall. That is where you will see the real disadvantages of robots and AI. They demonstrated how these inventions could be out of control. Military for one continuously develop ways to ease human from dangerous missions; however, it could also contribute to the destruction, and it is quite scary. From the thoughts of the author, it shows that even robots and AI can be imperfect.

As I concluded this book, it was terrific that the book includes a projection of the robotic market and how it could significantly affect jobs. Let’s face it! Many jobs can be replaced by robots rather than employing someone to do it. Companies and organizations can save a significant amount of money by merely purchasing machines; however, it will end employment and cause many societal issues.

The only negative point I could say about this book is there is some information that is repeating. I am not sure if it is for emphasis or perhaps similar information was applicable as an example. Nevertheless, the approach of the author in providing understanding is right. It may not be an in-depth concept, but it covers a basic and advanced complexity for its readers.

Accurate to its overview, this book is intended for students, parents, educators, employees, and even employers. It will not strain readers because of the information they could get from this book. I want to highlight how mind-expanding this book is and how it will not overwhelm its readers because of robotics and artificial intelligence’s technical jargon. I am happy I came across this book because I could experience accessible information and explain AI and robotics. Preparing for the AI and Robotic Revolution is perfect for those who are starting to grow their interest in the field of computers, robotics, and artificial intelligence.