Stephen Cave, Kanta Dihal and Sarah Dillon (eds) AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines

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By Madeleine Chalmers

AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines edited by Stephen Cave, Kanta Dihal and Sarah Dillon (2020) 448pp., £55 (hardback) Oxford University Press, Oxford, ISBN: 9780198846666

Debates within industry about the risks of developing technologies faster than we can conceptualize their ramifications have permeated mainstream culture, coinciding with a turn in the humanities towards schools of thought which challenge notions of human exceptionalism. Based at the University of Cambridge, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) has as its stated mission ‘to bring together the best of human intelligence so that we can make the most of machine intelligence’. It is commendable to see the humanities and creative practices being given their full due and highlighted as a key field for investigation within this remit. This is the first booklength output from the AI narratives project at the CFI – and it is an admirable beginning.

page: 187 – 190
Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation Volume 37, Issue 2
SKU: 370208

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