George Zarkadakis credit Yannis Bournias

George Zarkadakis

In Our Own Image: Will Artificial Intelligence Save or Destroy Us?

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Fri 29 May 2015

George Zarkadakis

In Our Own Image: Will Artificial Intelligence Save or Destroy Us?

George Zarkadakis credit Yannis Bournias
Fri 29 May 2015,

George 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 such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to the sci-fi blockbusters of today, 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. He asks questions such as how could AI influence our politics, economy and society? Could big data together with AI help transform civilisation for the better? Will AI machines take over the world?

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