, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 391–392 | Cite as

Artifictional intelligence: against humanity’s surrender to computers

Harry Collins, 2018, Polity Press, 65 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UR, UK, IBSN-13: 978-15095-0411-4, IBSN-13-978-1-5095-0412-1 (pb)
  • Karamjit S. GillEmail author
Book Review

The AI debate brings to our notice, on the one hand, the danger of singularity, and on the other, the enchantment of AI futures of a data-driven world. Singularity is seen in terms of human beings ‘enslaved by enormously intelligent computers’, supported by the claim that ‘humans are no more than biological machines’. The enchantment of AI futures is stimulated by entrepreneurial opportunities offered by deep learning and machine learning tools in domains ranging from health and medicine to Industry 4.0 projects. Whilst these narratives continue to evolve, we feel the wrath of the ‘god of algorithms’ in feeling helpless when confronted by the customer relation sermon, “the Computer Says NO”, bereft of any common sense decisions. As tempting though the digital sermon of the intelligent machine may be to the tech prophets, the concern here is with how we would cope with gaps between the complexity and ambiguity of our living world and the unpredictable algorithmic miscalculation (Gill 2018...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK

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