The smart-machines revolution is reshaping our lives and our societies. Here, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, one of the world's leading authorities on artificial intelligence, and Roger Hampson dispel terror, confusion, and misconception. We are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. We were using tools before we became Homo sapiens, and will continue to build and master them, no matter how complicated they become. How we exercise that control--in our private lives, in employment, in politics--and make the best of the wonderful opportunities, will determine our collective future well-being.
Chapter by chapter, The Digital Ape outline how our choices and the use and adaptation of the tools we've created can lead to opportunities for the environment (both built and natural), health, and our security. Shadbolt and Hampson are uniquely well-suited to draw on historical precedent and technical know-how to offer a vision of the future that is exciting, rather than nerve-wracking, to contemplate.
"Rich in ideas and insights, the book is especially strong on our growing personal relationships with Alexa and other robots... An upbeat-even reassuring-take on what will be an AI-saturated future." -- KIRKUS
"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" -- NATURE
"This is a brilliantly readable, genuinely cutting-edge book that is also often very entertaining. Of all the recent studies of automation and AI,ÂThe Digital ApeÂstands head and shoulders above the rest. Shadbolt and Hampson have written a landmark book" -- Andrew Keen, Author ofÂHOW TO FIX THE FUTUREÂandÂTHE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER
Chapter 1 Biology and technology
Chapter 2 Our hyper-complex habitat
Chapter 3 The digital ape emerges
Chapter 4 Social machines
Chapter 5 Artificial and natural intelligence
Chapter 6 New companions
Chapter 7 Big beasts
Chapter 8 The challenge of data
Chapter 9 Augmented wisdom?