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An annotated bibliography of 3 books.

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In this short blog post, I aim to cover an annotated bibliography of 3 books related to proposal ideas for session 1 of INDE601 Netscapes Module at Plymouth University (yr 3) part of the BSc Internet Design degree. Environmental Sensing, AI and Art Instillation were my preferred areas to explore.




Tegmark, M. (2017). Life 3.0. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Life 3.0

This book covers key subjects in relation to the future of Artificial Intelligence where it disseminates the challenges for society on a personal and community level. Max Tegmark, is an MIT professor, his goal has been offer guides on how to keep AI benign and contributory to the human condition.

Discussing how wealth and quality of living can be developed through automation without abandoning  people whose skills would be adversely affected through automated production, the title cover the highs and lows of AI.. Other areas brought into focus include how hardy the systems will be and how they may behave if there are code errors or if agents of subterfuge could be used against AI.

Developing the conversation into contentious subjects such as AI consciousness. The book journeys’ through the issues that pertain to the near future and reaches forward to challenge what may occur with super intelligence and the end of human consciousness in favour of AI super intelligence.

It’s relevance  to my project is that if AI as a default methodology is used as part of mechanisation without ethical considerations this may lead to a position where society maybe effected without considerations of human impact.

Dick, P. (2007). Do androids dream of electric sheep?. London: Gollancz Fiction.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Although gaining fame from its’ translation into the film Blade Runner, the original story had a more distinctly unsympathetic view of the AI androids featured through the story. Phillip K Dicks books is set in a dysopian future, post nuclear war where the majority of Earth is destroyed and survivors have set up colonies on Mars.

The centre theme of the book explores what makes a being sentient and the validity,or not, of AI reality as a definable and therefore valid consciousness. The 6 Nexus AI beings are pursued to death by Rick Deckard. As the story unfolds he discovers that he is not incomparable to AI beings. The title artfully ties together the ideas of common human suffering, the metaphysical debates on sentience and the nature of our own “spark of life”.

As a matter of analyses, the consideration of what defines intelligence should be  thought about as these are early days and the work carried out in today’s environment may have a baring on how intelligence or sentience is defined in the future.

Wearable Tech

Scoble, R., Israel, S. and Benioff, M. (2014). Age of context. [S.l.]: Patrick Brewster Press.

Age of context

Scrobel’s book investigates the effects caused by the coming together of five technology areas that are impacting us today; mobile, social, data, sensors and location. Age of Context offers an idea “that media is not a screen, it’s life itself” giving the idea of the “context” which notes the expanding personal disposition. Although largely a book advocating emerging technologies from an optimistic viewpoint the title does discuss wearable computing in great length.

Age of context looks into the forthcoming wave of contextual computing, where wearable’s and the connected big data systems will give understanding of users and their environment and offer services and products, perhaps even before the users own consumer decision process has been engaged. This is some editorial colourings to be noted, in so much It is financed by corporate sponsors (Rackspace, Easilydo, Betaworks, Autodesk, Bing, and Charity:water)

I found this title of interest as it’s intention is to point towards a future where wearable tech is considered to be as  accepted as mobile phone use is today.