IT'S ALIVE

PROF. TOBY WALSH

There are few other human inventions that are likely to have as large an impact on our lives as machines that can think . . . The steam engine liberated our muscles; the computer is set to liberate our minds.

The development of Artificial Intelligence is an adventure as bold and ambitious as any that humans have attempted. And the truth is that thinking machines are already an indispensable part of our lives. Without them, Google couldn’t answer your questions in a fraction of a second. Autonomous cars would exist only in science fiction. And your smartphone would be . . . just a phone. In countless ways, with every passing day, AI is shaping and reshaping our world.

But where will AI technologies take us in the future? Will thinking machines destroy our jobs? Could their intelligence surpass our own? Could the rise of AI threaten the very existence of humanity?

Leading researcher Toby Walsh takes us on a surprising and inspiring journey through the story of Artificial Intelligence – revealing how it is already transforming our societies, our economies and even ourselves – and makes ten fascinating predictions about what it will have achieved by the year 2050.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Prof. Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh is a world-renown expert on artificial intelligence (AI). He was named by the media as a "rock star" of the digital revolution and included on the list of the 100 most important digital innovators in Australia.

 

Professor Walsh's research focuses on how computers can interact with humans to optimise decision-making for the common good. He is a passionate advocate for limits to AI to ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives...Read More

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