He wrote a book on artificial intelligence and it became a bestseller

Futurist Martin Spano does not believe that robots will kill us all.

Martin SpanoMartin Spano(Source: Archive of M.S.)

In this story, you can read about:

  • Who is Martin Spano and why he published the book on AI
  • What are the most common myths about AI
  • How AI can be useful against climate change

As a boy, he loved to read books. Particularly his father's books about history, politics and science.

When he was eight years old, he picked a great-looking book, Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Oddysey. The boy loved the topic of space research, but what intrigued him the most was the HAL 9000 computer, the artificial intelligence on board the ship. As he read the book, little did he know that it would change his life.

Martin Spano, 33, is a computer scientist and a futurist. He wrote the book Artificial Intelligence in a Nutshell, ranked among Amazon bestsellers.

“I wanted to pass my knowledge to the public, so I decided to write a book,” Spano told The Slovak Spectator.

Artificial intelligence (AI) may sound like a complicated and completely unfamiliar topic to many people. Their ideas are shaped by sci-fi movies, imagining robots willing to destroy humankind. Spano explains that AI is also present in our everyday life.

“When you check your e-mails, the AI decides whether your messages go to the main inbox or to spam,” he explains in the book. AI also decides what we see in our newsfeed after logging on to Facebook. On the other hand, by uploading content to our personal accounts, we all feed AI with data used for machine learning.

Do not tell a machine what to do, let it learn

Spano had been interested in computers since he read about them in 2001: A Space Oddysey when he was small. One day, he entered his father’s study and was surprised to see a PC on his desk. His father, an accountant, had purchased it for work. But it soon became hard for him to get to his own computer: his son Martin was always sitting in front of it and learning how to code.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Faces of Slovakia

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Court sentences Kočner and Rusko to 19 years in prison

Specialised Criminal Court found Marian Kočner and Pavol Rusko guilty in the promissory notes case.

Marian Kočner arrives at the courtroom on February 27, 2020.

Slovakia votes: What is at stake in the 2020 election (overview)

The parliamentary election is expected to bring a change to the country after two years of coping with the aftermath of the Kuciak murder.

Illustrative stock photo

Čaputová said election is not the end of the road, Danko believes Slovakia is at a crossroad of history

Three top constitutional officials called on voters to turn out to vote on Saturday.

Zuzana Čaputová

NGOs have stood up against Kotleba and others’ attacks

Organisations also analysed which political parties are NGO-friendly.

ĽSNS chair Marian Kotleba (centre).