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In Our Own Image Audiobook

In Our Own Image: Savior or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Publisher's Summary

A timely and important book that explores the societal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence as we approach the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution.

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 like Frankenstein to today's science fiction blockbusters, 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; and - perhaps most tellingly - what AI reveals about us as human beings.

In Our Own Image argues that we are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution - poised to enter the age of artificial intelligence as science fiction becomes science fact. Ultimately, Zarkadakis observes, the fate of AI has profound implications for the future of science and humanity itself.

©2015 George Zarkadakis (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    "As important as Age of Spiritual Machines."

    Worth re-reading several times. Zarkadakis makes fundamental questions about AI accessible. Will buy in print.

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    Philomath 03-22-16
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    "Great subject, but a bit lop sided"
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    An excellent subject not too many have delved into. It is one of very few books which tackles the possibility of AI, which is becoming more probable year by year. A courageous attempt to explain the progression of technology in to what might become an artificial intelligence.


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    May be a little more of a dramatic voice for a dramatic subject


    Did In Our Own Image inspire you to do anything?

    Not really a book that inspires, but it is informative.


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    I would have liked the author to spend more time on the affects of a super AI and the existential threat it might have on humanity. I can understand this might mean some guess work, but it goes with the subject.

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    Author spends too much time discussing mankind's philosophical motivations for creating A.I. The question "Why do humans want to develop AI?" shouldn't take hours to discuss. I initially thought that these philosophical ramblings were just an extended intro to the topic of A.I. So I kept listening to this book for hours, anticipating that the opinionated philosophical claims and tangentially related scientific discussions (i.e evolution) would finally come to a halt, but it didn't... even after 4+ hours of listening!

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