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  • Published: 17 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241396742
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $35.00

The Road to Conscious Machines

The Story of AI




In this mythbusting guide to AI past and present, one of the world's leading researchers shows why our fears for the future are misplaced

The ultimate dream of artificial intelligence is to build machines that are like us: conscious and self-aware. While this remains a remote possibility, its rapid progress is already profoundly changing our world. Yet the public debate and media hype is still largely centred on unlikely prospects from sentient machines to dystopian robot takeovers.

In this lively and clear-headed guide, Michael Wooldridge challenges the prevailing narrative, revealing how these anxieties distract us from both the more immediate risks that this transformative technology poses - from algorithmic bias to fake news- and the true life-changing potential of the field. The Road to Conscious Machines elucidates the discoveries of its greatest pioneers from Alan Turing to Demis Hassabis, and shows us what today's AI researchers actually think and do. AI appeals to fundamental questions about what it means to be human; so too do the failures and limitations of its past.

  • Published: 17 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241396742
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $35.00

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