How smart machines are transforming us all - and what we should do about it.
The smart-machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Here, Nigel Shadbolt (one of Britain'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 control them. 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.
Lucid, well-informed, and deeply human, The Digital Ape offers a unique approach. The authors prefer to add augmented wisdom to artificial intelligence.
`[W]e should be grateful to Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson for pausing for breath and helping us to think through the true significance of our latest technological developments.'
* Financial Times *
`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.'
-- Barbara Kiser * Nature *
'Nigel Shadbolt is one of the most fascinating and important scientists alive today.'
-- Professor Jim Al-Khalili
'There has never been a more important time to discuss what it means to be human, in the past, now, and in the future. This is a book for anyone interested in getting behind the headlines and understanding how technology is impacting our world. The writers are two masters in their field who are not only erudite but immensely humane and compassionate.'
-- Martha Lane Fox
'This is a brilliantly readable, genuinely cutting-edge book that is also often very entertaining. Of all the recent studies of automation and AI, The Digital Ape stands head and shoulders above the rest. Shadbolt and Hampson have written a landmark book.'
* Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future
and The Internet is Not the Answer
`[An] interdisciplinary approach comes over in The Digital Ape, which has arresting sentences.'
* Computer Weekly *
`All explore the relationship between the human animal and what might be its most momentous creation yet: artificial intelligence ... In a series of wide-ranging chapters, the authors argue that human beings are not just distinguished by their ability to use tools but also largely shaped by it.'
* Weekend Australia