Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots


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Ecco Press
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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

John Markoff has been a technology and science reporter at the New York Times since 1988. He was part of the team of Times reporters that won the 2013 Pul-itzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and is the author of What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer. He lives in San Francisco, California.


"This thoughtful analysis by Markoff, a reporter for The New York Times, wades into the ethical and philosophical questions that such technological advances inevitably raise."--New York Times Paperback Row
"Mr. Markoff focuses on the personalities, since technology depends on the values of its creators. The human element makes the subject accessible. (His chapter on the history of AI is superb.)"--The Economist
"Neither alarmist nor affirmative [MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE] contain[s] urgent, compelling and relevant calls to consciously embed our values in the systems we design, and to critically engage with our choices.... Before welcoming our robotic overlords, read [this] book."--New Scientist
"John Markoff of The New York Times highlights the compelling contrast between AI and intelligence amplification (IA). He chronicles the fascinating and often antagonistic evolution of these fields since 1956, when both terms were coined."--Nature
"Markoff did his homework and capably tackles interesting things."--San Francisco Chronicle
"[F]ascinating, informative, thought-provoking..."--San Jose Mercury News
"A detailed, engrossing history of robotics...This revealing look at profound technological and economic developments will unsettle anyone who has a job to lose."--Publishers Weekly
"Readers who like their history with a little personality will enjoy this detailed exploration of the development of computers and robotics as assistive or control technologies and the people who make it happen."--Library Journal
"Will robots of the future be our partners or our Frankenstein's monster? You should read this book. As Markoff explains in this engrossing narrative filled with colorful characters and head-snapping insights, the answer is up to us."--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators
"How should we balance what machines can do for us, and what they can help us do ourselves? Markoff hits on one of the central questions in technology today. A fascinating read."--Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest
"Machines of Loving Grace is the first comprehensive study to place [robots] in the context of the cloud-based intelligence that throws a game-changer at the question: 'But what will they do for brains?'"--George Dyson, author of Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
"I devoured this book like an espionage thriller because the fate of humanity is on the line, and Markoff's narrative is so engaging."--Oren Etzioni, CEO of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
"John Markoff has been seeing around the corners of the technology revolution throughout his career. Now he uses his full range of vision and experience to examine whether humans can make peace with the coming wave of smart machines. His view is intelligent, illuminating and, yes, optimistic."--John Hollar, president and CEO of the Computer History Museum