Code Dependent: Living in the Shadow of AIThis item will be released June 18, 2024.
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On the surface, a British poet, an UberEats courier in Pittsburgh, an Iraqi refugee, and a Chinese activist in exile have nothing in common. But they are in fact linked by a profound common experience—that of artificial intelligence. AI has already infiltrated our daily lives, without our conscious understanding. These automated systems draw patterns and predict behavior from large datasets. And their findings affect us on every level, from our interpersonal relationships to our kids, work, finances, public services, and even our human rights.
Through a series of personal narratives, Code-Dependent explores the impact of a set of powerful and flawed technologies on people, communities, and our wider society. Their stories, told from around the world and far removed from the cozy enclave of Silicon Valley, show how AI can influence our collective and individual sense of agency, and shatter our illusion of free will.
The ways in which algorithms and their effects are governed over the coming years will profoundly impact us all. Yet we lack the tools to interrogate that change. We cannot decide what preferences and morals we want to encode in these systems. We disagree on the controls we may want to impose on AI software. And thus, we are collectively relinquishing our moral authority to machines.
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June 18, 2024
Henry Holt and Co.