Once an overly-optimistic dream in the 1950s and 60s, today there are seemingly no limits to the real-world applications of Artificial Intelligence. Smart medical devices, creative robot chefs, even mind clones can all be a reality. But how did we get here? Where’s it all going? How do the technologies even work? And in a world obsessed with technology, how do we carve out a role for humanity in the face of accelerating computer intelligence?
Luke Dormehl tells the 60-year story of Artificial Intelligence, once described by Stephen Hawking as ‘either the best or worst thing to ever happen to humanity’, and tackles some of the key social and political questions – including the impact of AI on employment, whether or not a machine can be creative (and why this matters), whether a machine can be accountable for its actions, and how AI might save your life… or end it.