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Will AI Replace Us? (The Big Idea)

Shelly Fan, Matthew Taylor


Surveys the development of Artificial Intelligence over the last sixty years and highlights the likely transformative effects of AI on society over the next few decades

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The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing growth in the field of artifical intelligence. From social media to Netflix, AI has already infiltrated our daily lives, while driverless cars and humanoid robots are starting to make seismic shifts in the ways we interact with our world. Are we on the threshold of an AI-dominated reality? How will the ethics of this expanding field be enforced in practice? Will humans be superseded by AI? This astute and disquieting review, replete with astonishing up-to-the-minute imagery – a trademark of the Big Idea series – evaluates whether AI can transform society and humanity for the better or whether its enormous capability will bring about a dystopian AI-controlled future for the planet.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 18 April 2019

ISBN: 9780500294574

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The Development of AI • 2. The Capabilities of AI Today • 3. Limitations and Problems of AI Today • 4. The Future of AI • Conclusion

About the Author

Shelly Fan is a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. She works as a contributing editor to the online publication Singularity Hub, which seeks to chronicle technological advancement, and she also runs the award winning science blog NeuroFantastic.

Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the RSA, a 250-year old British institution devoted to enriching society through ideas and action to deliver a 21st-century enlightenment. A writer, public speaker and broadcaster, he has written widely on policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory, and frequently appears on Newsnight, The Daily Politics, and Radio 4’s Today and The Moral Maze. He was previously General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading think tank.