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In our own image : savior or destroyer? : the history and future of artificial intelligence

by Zarkadakēs, Giōrgos, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2016
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Zarkadakis explores one of humankind's oldest love-hate relationships--our ties with artificial intelligence, or AI. He traces AI's origins in ancient myth, through literary classics like Frankenstein, to today's sci-fi blockbusters, arguing that a fascination with AI is hardwired into the human psyche. He explains AI's history, technology, and potential; its manifestations in intelligent machines; its connections to neurology and consciousness, as well as--perhaps most tellingly--what AI reveals about us as human beings.In Our Own Image argues that we are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution--poised to enter the age of Artificial Intelligence as science fiction becomes science fact. Ultimately, Zarkadakis observes, the fate of AI has profound implications for the future of science and humanity itself.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Greek science writer Zarkadakis, armed with a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and an eclectic tech industry background, rigorously and richly weaves together narrative threads on technology, philosophy, and literature to provide a fascinating history of AI. While many published studies of the human/machine analytic have tended to focus on one development or invention, specialists will recognize that Zarkadakis has left no cybernetic stone unturned-Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, René Descartes, George Boole, Norbert Weiner, and Jacques de Vaucanson all play significant roles in this history. In doing so, Zarkadakis provides the most comprehensive history of AI for our digital age. With a rare combination of literary know-how and scientific knowledge, he demonstrates a keen ability to convey scientific, philosophical, and technical expertise. Zarkadakis passionately, yet carefully, leads readers chronologically through the development of key concepts in the understanding of mind and intelligence. While the book lacks analysis of AI from non-Western perspectives, particularly Japan's influence on cybernetic thought, Zarkadakis deftly addresses the West's obsession with the development of artificial beings. By the conclusion of this highly accessible work, Zarkadakis convincingly posits a future in which "post-humanism will have morphed into trans-humanism," showing how a romance with AI will present humans with a daunting dilemma. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Artificial intelligence -- Social aspects.
Computers and civilization.
Artificial intelligence -- Popular works.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xxi, 362 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1605989649
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