The AI Mirror: How to Reclaim Our Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking

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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Shannon VallorÂis the Baillie Gifford Professor in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, where she directs the Centre for Technomoral Futures in the Edinburgh Futures Institute. She is a standing member of the One Hundred Year Study of Artificial Intelligence (AI100) and former AI Ethicist at Google. Her work explores how new technologies reshape human moral and intellectual character and includes advising government and industry on the ethical design and use of AI. She is the author ofÂTechnology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth WantingÂ(Oxford, 2016).
"Vallor knocks it out of the park with her sharp observations, apt metaphor, and surprisingly powerful call to action. Written with wit and charm, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in AI and our collective future." -- Kate Darling, MIT research scientist and author of The New Breed

"The AI Mirror is the nuanced, introspective signal we need to cut through all the noise about artificial intelligence. Shannon Vallor is one of the most important voices we have to help us parse fantasy from reality when it comes to understanding the true threat that AI poses to humans: making us forget what it means to be human at all. This is one of the most important and poetic books we can read right now to find our way through the AI-hype headlines." -- Safiya Umoja Noble, Author of Algorithms of Oppression

"Shannon Vallor has written the book I've been waiting for. The AI Mirror delivers a powerful reframing of the future of humanity and artificial intelligence. Vallor offers a brilliant and original perspective on how AI can reflect our noblest values and aspirations, as well as our worst fears and flaws. She challenges us to rethink our relationship with AI, not as a threatening technology or a neutral set of new tools, but as a mirror that reveals who we are and aspire to be. AI Mirror is a captivating and insightful book that will inspire readers to think differently about the dangers and opportunities of AI. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about what happens to humanity as we push our long-standing relationship to technologies to new places." -- Mary L. Gray, Co-author of Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

"With The AI Mirror, Shannon Vallor offers us a transformative approach for re-envisioning AI. Sophisticated yet accessible, the book explains how limitations of imagination around AI distort our visions of what the technology can and should do. But it doesn't have to be this way. Ultimately, The AI Mirror is a work of hope-hope for building a future that enables collective flourishing and provides opportunities for repair and reclamation of our sociotechnical world." -- Karen Levy, Author of Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance

"STARRED REVIEW: [A] mind-bending treatise...[and] a fresh and fascinating take on the perils and promises of a much-debated technology." -- Publishers Weekly

"We would do well to listen to experts like Vallor... to discover how [AI] really works, rather than succumb to fantastical visions of the future." -- Alex Wilkins, New Scientist

"[A] clarifying new book...The AI Mirror stands out for its witty, crystal-clear exposition of the real threat from AI." -- Becky Hogge, Financial Times

"Vallor's style is readable and engaging... It's far from comfortable reading, but voices like Vallor's feel like a necessary counter-balance to the mystifying, self-aggrandising rhetoric of tech titans." -- Roisin Kiberd, Irish Independent