Terror and the Sublime
Original title: La terreur et le sublime
For readers of Yuval Noah Harari, Ronald Wright & Kai-Fu Lee.
How can we exist in a world that will experience the equivalent of 10,000 years of progress by 2100 ? Are machines becoming emotional, curious and intelligent ? One thing we do know is that they are pervading our world in all its dimensions, becoming entrenched in civilization and our ecosystem. We are entering the era of algoracy — a world dominated, enriched, governed, monitored and healed by algorithms.
In the face of this remarkable fact, we experience both terror and the sublime in the immense gap between what we perceive ourselves to be and the new reality that technology imposes. The ecological, humanitarian and ethical challenges that lie ahead will require an unprecedented partnership with artificial intelligence, a fusion of intelligences. We will have to learn to live, create, think and educate alongside AI and its algorithms. Mankind and AI will be students, professors and partners alike in the creation of a new human-machine world.
- English language rights for Metal and Flesh, a previous title by the same author, have been acquired by MIT Press.