In Our Own Image: Savior or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence

In Our Own Image: Savior or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence

by George Zarkadakis

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Overview

A timely and important book that explores the history and future, as well as the societal and ethical implications, of Artificial Intelligence as we approach the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605989648
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

George Zarkadakis has a PhD
in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked for various companies and organizations, including Accenture and Silicon Graphics, and is currently a digital transformation consultant and web entrepreneur. Awarded a knighthood by the French government for his international work in science communication, Zarkadakis writes for several international publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington
Post and Aeon magazine. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I Dreaming of Electric Sheep 1

1 The birth of the modern mind 3

2 Life in the Bush of Ghosts 19

3 The mechanical Turk 28

4 Loving the alien 48

5 Prometheus unbound 60

6 The return of the gods 74

Part II The Mind Problem 89

7 A blueprint for a universe 95

8 Minds without bodies 110

9 La Resistance 132

10 Peering into the mind 154

11 The cybernetic brain 172

Part III ADA in Wonderland 193

12 'All Cretans are liars' 195

13 The program 217

14 From Bletchley Park to Google Campus 232

15 Machines that think 254

16 Darwin at the edge of chaos 280

Epilogue: The future of humanity 304

Timeline: A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence 318

Notes 322

Acknowledgements 348

Index 350

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