The Power of Future Machines: Essays on Artificial Intelligence

Non-Fiction Hardcover English288 Pages

The Power of Future Machines is a collection of essays by experts exploring the future impact of Artificial Intelligence in various fields of human endeavor. Building upon the dialectical and analytical framework provided in the book Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power: 5 Battlegrounds, experts from various fields (military, geopolitics, strategic affairs, physics, policy, and others) engage and describe for a wider audience the potential impact of AI. Given their specific vantage points and deriving from their areas of expertise, this anthology makes for a fascinating read. The essays discuss how AI will affect policy making, both in narrow areas of expertise as well as its effect on humanity at large. Aimed at policy makers, experts and a broader audience, these varied perspectives on AI add something vital to the current skewed AI discourse.

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About the authors

Rajiv Malhotra

Rajiv Malhotra is a researcher and public intellectual on civilizational studies, world religions, and cross-cultural encounters. He was trained initially as a physicist, and then as a computer scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence in the 1970s. After a successful corporate career in the USA, he became an entrepreneur and founded and ran several IT companies across twenty countries. Since the early 1990s, as the founder of his non-profit Infinity Foundation (Princeton, USA), he has been researching civilizations from a historical, social sciences, and mind sciences perspective. He has authored several best-selling books that have impacted many leading intellectuals worldwide. Rajiv also serves as chairman of the board of governors of the Center for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and is on the advisory board of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

T. N. Sudarshan

He is a computer scientist by profession, with expertise in the fields of AI and related technologies. Apart from technology consulting for startups, he is also actively involved with research initiatives at Infinity Foundation. His research and practical interests in the extant civilizational encounters have been to formalize and enable the reification of the dharma dialectic and its related semantics in the socio-cultural space.

Manogna Sastry

She is a Master of Science from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, with a strong background in theoretical physics and mathematics. Her research interests span major domains including astrophysics, Indology, civilizational studies, consciousness studies, work on Sri Aurobindo, sustainability, and education. She has presented at several conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals. Manogna is also a passionate sustainability practitioner and environmentalist.