Synopses & Reviews
"A mindful and historical look at the hope, hype and reality of artificial consciousness." Stuart Hameroff, author of CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE UNIVERSE
"George Zarkadakis knows AI. Unlike a lot of the people writing and thinking about it, he has real cultural breadth, too." AEON Magazine
"Fascinating and rich. Interweaves sci-fi visions with explorations of the philosophy, technology
and deep history of artificial super-intelligence." The Financial Times
A timely and important book that explores the history and future, as well as the societal and ethical implications, of Artificial Intelligence as we approach the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution
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 sci-fi 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, as well as 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.
About the Author
George Zarkadakis has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked for various companies and organizations, including Accenture and Silicon Graphics, and is currently a digital transformation consultant and web entrepreneur. Awarded a knighthood by the French government for his international work in science communication, Zarkadakis writes for several international publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post and Aeon magazine. He lives in London.