Imagining AI draws attention to the range and variety of visions of a future with intelligent machines from around the world.
The new collection, published by Oxford University Press (OUP) was edited by CFI Director, Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal (recently CFI Senior Research Fellow and now Lecturer in Science Communication at Imperial College London).
The volume is the culmination of the research project Global AI Narratives, which ran from 2018-2022. The project aimed to understand and analyse how different cultures and regions perceive the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence, and the influences that are shaping those perceptions. It was funded by DeepMind Ethics & Society (now part of Google DeepMind), the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.
The book is structured geographically, with each of its 25 chapters presenting insights into how a specific region or culture imagines intelligent machines. The narratives they analyse range from ancient philosophy to contemporary science fiction, and visual art to policy discourse.