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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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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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    bob 03-26-17
    bob 03-26-17

    I am a semi retired cs engineer who loves history and quality novels.....i am usually reading one hard cover and two audibles at once.

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    "simply the most intelligent book on this subject ."

    could not stop listening....it is better than any college course you could find on the subject.

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    Bryce 03-13-17
    Bryce 03-13-17 Member Since 2011

    I am almost always listening to or reading a book. I enjoy the search for knowledge and hope I can share some too

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    "Everything is What WE make it"

    As a science lover, deeply interested in the human condition, this book was perfect for me. Zarkadakis has a psychologists knack for analyzing the human thought process, coupled with a computer scientist's gift for logic. This book convinced me that artificial intelligence is both inevitable because of human's endless desire to create, and impossible because of our human inability to recognize anything as our equal. It does an excellent job of providing answers to questions you may have while still leaving you with infinitely more to ponder. Definitely worth a listen.

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    Laura Gibbs 12-31-16
    Laura Gibbs 12-31-16

    Online instructor at the University of Oklahoma.

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    "Wide-ranging analysis, all of it fascinating"
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    This is the best book I have read on human consciousness. I really appreciated the blend of cultural background with the reporting on scientific research. Especially if you think the Turing Test is all there is to determining artificial intelligence, think again! I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed every bit of it.

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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
    Philomath 03-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great subject, but a bit lop sided"
    What did you like best about In Our Own Image? What did you like least?

    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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    A 05-22-16
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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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