DIGITALIS

The Digital Ape how to live in peace with smart machines

How smart machines are transforming us all — and what we should do about it.

The-Digital-Ape-how-to-live-in-peace-with-smart-machinesThe smart machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Here, Shadbolt and Hampson — Britain’s pre-eminent authorities on AI — dispel terror, confusion, and misconception by demonstrating that we are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. The much-vaunted Transcendence moment is not coming any time soon. The Digital Ape prefers to talk of Augmented Intelligence (ours) rather than Artificial Intelligence (theirs). It argues that when it comes to our technological future we can retain control, but how we exercise that control — in employment matters, in privacy matters, in political matters etc — is the crux of our collective future well-being. Lucid, well-informed, and deeply human, The Digital Ape offers a unique approach to the subject of web science and the ethics of intelligent systems. Industry Reviews ‘This is a brilliantly readable, genuinely cutting-edge book that is also often very entertaining. Of all the recent studies of automation and AI, The Digital Ape stands head and shoulders above the rest. Shadbolt and Hampson have written a landmark book.’ – Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future and The Internet is Not the Answer ‘Nigel Shadbolt is one of the most fascinating and important scientists alive today.’ – Jim Al-Khalili ‘There has never been a more important time to discuss what it means to be human, in the past, now, and in the future. This is a book for anyone interested in getting behind the headlines and understanding how technology is impacting our world. The writers are two masters in their field who are not only erudite but immensely humane and compassionate.’ – Martha Lane Fox `Numbed by dire warnings of technological Armageddon? Computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt and economist Roger Hampson dispel the miasma with this superb survey of the landscape we “digital apes” have wrought.’ – Barbara Kiser, Nature The Digital Ape how to live in peace with smart machines

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