In The Risk Perception of Artificial Intelligence, Hugo Neri examines how society has come to understand artificial intelligence by studying how cultural productions, intellectuals, and the media have shaped society’s views, understandings, and fears of artificial intelligence. As an abstract term, artificial intelligence has been understood both as a discipline and a "robot's mind." In the twenty and twenty-first centuries, cultural representations in comics, television shows, and movies converged with public lectures about the risks of A.I. by prominent public figures such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Neri analyzes how this cultural and intellectual miscellany shapes the way we perceive artificial intelligence and whether this perception is universal or restricted to the Western world.
Hugo Neri is researcher at the Center for Artificial Intelligence at IBM/University of Sao Paulo/ Sao Paulo Research Foundation and postdoc at the Department of Mechatronics Engineering and Mechanical Systems of University of São Paulo.
Chapter 1: Risk, Imagination, and Artificial Intelligence
Chapter 2: We Wanted to Try: Imagined Robots and Mathematical Experiments Pre-1960s
(in collaboration with Veridiana Domingos Cordeiro)
Chapter 3: We Have Something to Do: Defining Artificial Intelligence Amid the Scientific Space Odyssey in the 1960s and 1970s
Chapter 4: We Thought We Could Do It: Human-Machine Symbiosis, Heavy Investments, and the Raising of Futurists in the 1980s/1990s
Chapter 5: Are We Almost There?: Cutting Edge A.I. Developments, Social Media, and Politics in the 21st Century
Chapter 6: Let Us Understand Our Relationship with Artificial Intelligence
(in Collaboration with Veridiana Domingos Cordeiro)
There is now considerable hype, and perhaps excessive hysteria, around Artificial Intelligence and its consequences. Neri's book is a scholarly appraisal of the actual risks faced by society with respect to Artificial Intelligence, a valuable and balanced companion to researchers curious about the effects of this technology, and an essential reading to anyone interested in its perception by society.
AI is our future, and Hugo Neri argues convincingly that we cannot adequately appreciate its risks with current theories of perception and social amplification built on past events. Rather we must enlist experts and imaginative thinkers to build scenarios that integrate science, culture, and media in creative new ways. This fascinating book will draw you into this new and exciting world of risk.