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The Handover: How We Gave Control of Our Lives to Corporations, States and AIs (Hardback)David Runciman (author)
The acclaimed author of How Democracy Ends reveals how fears over the primacy of Artificial Intelligence foreshadow the wholesale handover of power from individuals to states and corporations three centuries earlier.
'The Singularity' is what Silicon Valley calls the idea that, eventually, we will be overrun by machines that are able to take decisions and act for themselves. What no one says is that it happened before.
A few hundred years ago, humans started building the robots that now rule our world. They are called states and corporations: immensely powerful artificial entities, with capacities that go far beyond what any individual can do, and which, unlike us, need never die.
They have made us richer, safer and healthier than would have seemed possible even a few generations ago - and they may yet destroy us. The Handover distils over three hundred years of thinking about how to live with artificial agency.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 541 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 38 mm
'Runciman's flair for turning a pithy and pungent phrase is one of the things to admire about his writing ... That and [his] cogency, subtlety and style.' - The Observer
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