Calum Chace is an author specialising in the field of artificial intelligence.
After three decades in business which took in roles for BP and KPMG, he now writes both fiction and non-fiction on the possibilities and problems of increasing use and reliance upon machines that learn like humans.
His work explores the possibility that the first machine with human-level cognition may be created within a few decades. This is likely to be closely followed by the arrival of the world's first superintelligence, a technological singularity that would result in humans becoming only the second smartest species on the planet.
This development could have wonderful consequences for humanity - or terrible ones. Calum believes that the outcome is, at least partly, up to us.
In Calum’s widely-acclaimed non-fiction Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence, he examines what artificial intelligence is, where it’s come from and where it’s going, and provides a layperson’s guide to everything from the employment and economic implications to how society will cope with this emerging source of consciousness.
Artificial intelligence is our most powerful technology, and in the coming decades it will change everything in our lives. If we get it right it will make humans almost godlike. If we get it wrong… well, extinction is not the worst possible outcome.
“Surviving AI” is a concise, easy-to-read guide to what’s coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a superintelligence (the technological singularity).