In his ground-breaking book, Cambridge-trained sociologist Anthony Elliott argues that much of what passes for conventional wisdom about artificial intelligence is either ill-considered or just plain wrong. The AI revolution is not so much about cyborgs and super-robots in the future, but rather massive changes in the here-and-now of everyday life.
In The Culture of AI, Elliott explores how intelligent machines, advanced robotics, accelerating automation, big data and the Internet of Everything impact upon day-to-day life and contemporary societies. He explains that AI is already here and is central to everything we do – from receiving Amazon recommendations to requesting Uber, and from getting information from virtual personal assistants to talking with chatbots.
The rise of intelligent machines transforms the global economy and threatens jobs, but equally, there are other major challenges to contemporary societies – although these challenges are unfolding in complex and uneven ways across the globe. This book is fascinating, educational and terrifying all at the same time.
Anthony Elliott is one of the world’s foremost social theorists, and The Culture of AI is recognised as a significant contribution to the field and a provocative reflection on one of the most urgent issues of our time. This book is essential for those working in or studying sociology, science and technology, politics, and cultural fields.