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Oxford University Press
28 February 2020
Impact of science & technology on society; Physics; Artificial intelligence; Machine learning; Human-computer interaction
From the Greek god Hephaestus's golden handmaidens to the Terminator, what we now call artificial intelligence (AI) has long been a part of Western culture. As real AI begins to touch on all aspects of our lives, these stories shape our expectations, providing a backdrop of culturally entrenched hopes and fears. But they also provide a resource of possible futures, much richer than the trope of the red-eyed killer-robot would suggest. AI Narratives is the first book to explore this history of imagining intelligent machines. The authors provide accessible, original insights from a wide range of disciplines, including history, philosophy, and film studies. Together the essays reveal not only how these narratives have consistently been entangled with the emergence of real robotics and AI, but also how they offer a rich source of insight into how we might live with these revolutionary machines.
Edited by:   Stephen Cave (Executive Director Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Executive Director Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence University of Cambridge), Kanta Dihal (Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge), Sarah Dillon (Lecturer in Literature and Film, Faculty of English, Lecturer in Literature and Film, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 223mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   678g
ISBN:   9780198846666
ISBN 10:   0198846665
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   28 February 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Cave Dr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge. After earning a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, he joined the British Foreign Office, where he spent ten years as a policy advisor and diplomat, before returning to academia. His research interests currently focus on the nature, portrayal and governance of AI. Kanta Dihal Dr Kanta Dihal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She is the Principal Investigator on the Global AI Narratives project, and the Project Development Lead on Decolonizing AI. In her research, she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. Kanta's work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She is currently working on two monographs: Stories in Superposition, based on her DPhil thesis, and AI: A Mythology, with Stephen Cave. Sarah Dillon Dr Sarah Dillon is University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Her books include The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007), Deconstruction, Feminism, Film (2018), and Listen: Narrative Evidence and Public Reasoning (2020, co-authored with Claire Craig). She is the General Editor of the series Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays, and editor of two volumes in the series: David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011), and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (2015, co-ed). Dr Dillon was a 2013 BBC Radio 3/Arts and Humanities Research Council New Generation Thinker and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4.

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