• In Our Own Image

  • Savior or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: George Zarkadakis
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A timely and important book that explores the societal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence as we approach the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution.

George Zarkadakis explores one of humankind's oldest love-hate relationships: our ties with artificial intelligence, or AI. He traces AI's origins in ancient myth, through literary classics like Frankenstein to today's science fiction blockbusters, arguing that a fascination with AI is hardwired into the human psyche. He explains AI's history, technology, and potential; its manifestations in intelligent machines; its connections to neurology and consciousness; and - perhaps most tellingly - what AI reveals about us as human beings.

In Our Own Image argues that we are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution - poised to enter the age of artificial intelligence as science fiction becomes science fact. Ultimately, Zarkadakis observes, the fate of AI has profound implications for the future of science and humanity itself.

©2015 George Zarkadakis (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Strange and unsupported assertions

I can't finish this book, it is just too terrible to waste my time. It's filled with weird assertions, such as - conservatives operate via fear and liberals by love- and - promethius was a historuc lucifer and frankenstein a modern one. nonesense strung together with no point.

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Wide-ranging analysis, all of it fascinating

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This is the best book I have read on human consciousness. I really appreciated the blend of cultural background with the reporting on scientific research. Especially if you think the Turing Test is all there is to determining artificial intelligence, think again! I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed every bit of it.

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I love ai

brilliant analysis of a good ai future and what it will take. I enjoyed every minute of it

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It's alright

This wasn't necessarily a bad read, but it's not one I will listen to again.

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simply the most intelligent book on this subject .

could not stop listening....it is better than any college course you could find on the subject.

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As important as Age of Spiritual Machines.

Worth re-reading several times. Zarkadakis makes fundamental questions about AI accessible. Will buy in print.

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Great subject, but a bit lop sided

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An excellent subject not too many have delved into. It is one of very few books which tackles the possibility of AI, which is becoming more probable year by year. A courageous attempt to explain the progression of technology in to what might become an artificial intelligence.

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May be a little more of a dramatic voice for a dramatic subject

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Not really a book that inspires, but it is informative.

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I would have liked the author to spend more time on the affects of a super AI and the existential threat it might have on humanity. I can understand this might mean some guess work, but it goes with the subject.

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Spot on ... pre-GPT3

A superb evaluation of humanities progress in intelligence and philosophy, and how it drives and defines our quest for human level AI.
Unfortunately, out of nowhere, he claims conscious AI is far off, or impossible. We in 2022 beg to differ.

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Amazing!

I love that I will have to listen to it again to fully grasp the contents. Great narrator and content. Need to focus on reverse, stop using math for a bit and figure out how to have the machine search the internet and create its own algorithms instead of cramming algorithms and tons of data in a one task machine.

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Unfocused

This book is all over the place, covering a super wide range of topics from literary history, philosophy, mathematics, biology, neurology, and of course computer science. As a result is a lot of the sections are quite superficial. Some of the claims are also unsubstantiated. His attempt to connect computer software/hardware to a dualistic theory of mind is an interesting metaphor, but it doesn't actually make sense if you think about it. And he doesn't seem to think advanced AI poses any risks unless it achieves "consciousness". There's lots of ways a highly advanced broadly intelligent computer could wreak havoc, if it were say programed by a malicious person, subverted by a computer virus, or simply took a very unexpected and disasterous route to achieving it's intended goal.

So the book is a mix of stuff I thought was interesting, and some stuff I didn't like. Most of the interesting stuff was in the second half of the book, the first half deals very little with AI.