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The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI
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Michael Wooldridge
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The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI

Michael Wooldridge



Society & Social Sciences;
Social forecasting, future studies;
Impact of science & technology on society;
Popular science;
Inventions & inventors;
Artificial intelligence


256 pages

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The ultimate dream of artificial intelligence is to build machines that are like us: conscious and self-aware. While this remains a remote possibility, rapid progress on AI in this century 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 changes the prevailing narrative on AI, revealing how these anxieties distract us from the more immediate risks that this transformative technology poses, from algorithmic bias to fake news. He also shows us how they overlook the true life-changing potential of the field he loves.

The Road to Conscious Machines gives us the real story of AI, through all its booms and many busts, elucidating the discoveries of its greatest pioneers from Alan Turing to Demis Hassabis. It shows us what today's AI researchers actually think and do, and how they are ushering in a new era of AI- from augmented reality tools that change the way we perceive and understand our world to wearable healthcare systems that provide advance warning of heart disease and dementia, and much more.

By:   Michael Wooldridge
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9780241396742
ISBN 10:   0241396743
Series:   Pelican Books
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Michael Wooldridge is a professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Hertford College. He has been an AI researcher since 1989, and has published more than 350 scientific articles on the subject. From 2014 to 2016, he was President of the European Association for AI, and from 2015 to 2017 he was President of the International Joint Conference on AI (IJCAI). He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.

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