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Artificial Era

By Gissel Velarde

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Era artificial
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Discover what are the predictions about how smart technologies will affect, in profound, expected and uncertain ways, all aspects of our lives. Find out how robots have become intelligent thanks to artificial intelligence, and whether they will ever become conscious. What innovations will humans enjoy in the near future, and who are the ultrahumans? Learn what futurologists, economists, technologists, and philosophers have to say. You will understand why there is so much debate about intelligent automation and how governments, businesses, workers, entrepreneurs, and students are preparing to take advantage of what is coming.

Praise for Artificial Era

Carlota Perez

"Original, informative and easy to read. A good guide for understanding the future and facing it"

Carlota Perez. Author of Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages

Alexis Marechal Marin

"This book gives a general introduction to the topic of Artificial Intelligence, making a deep analysis with a very solid scientific basis, without being too technical. It shows the current situation and the possible evolutions of AI giving an objective and grounded position, highly welcome in these times of scientific misinformation. Highly recommended for the novice and the expert who wants to broaden their perspective."

Alexis Marechal Marin, Head of the Computer Systems Engineering Department, Universidad Privada Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia

Emilia Gómez

"There are already numerous books on artificial intelligence and its social impact, but Gissel Velarde's book has two characteristics that make it valuable and different. The first is that it is based on some 300 references in its bibliography, which gives it a very remarkable scientific character. The second is that AI is presented from the point of view of a Bolivian woman, who has lived in several European countries, and with a multidisciplinary professional profile. Therefore the book, originally written in Spanish, conveys a diverse vision of AI that addresses issues such as the role of women, technology in remote places, and makes reference to Potosi, India, the arts, drawing on studies of diverse cultures and geographies."

Emilia Gómez, AI and music researcher, emiliagomez.com

Willy Castro Guzmán "From the very beginning, the book invites us to think, to reflect, to question; and it does it from the freedom that we have to positioning ourselves in some place of the world of knowledge and reasoning. Is it fiction? Is it reality? For those of us who have experienced the era of the rotary phone, the first computer, the first cell phone, the first tablet; the book helps us to be aware of the dimensions of the great technological and social transformations that the former are capable of generating, but in addition to visualizing even greater ones. But at the same time, it alerts us to prepare our actions, oriented to build a social and human transformation towards a welfare state for the human race. As a humanist, lover of the arts, Gissel does not abandon her essence of putting the human being at the center of everything. Is it possible to humanize an era marked by the artificial? What is the human origin and purpose of artificial ones? How does the artificial allow us to close, rather than widen, the infamous human gaps? I invite you to read this text without fear or prejudice, enjoy it from beginning to end not only to include it in the reading list of the year, but to reflect, decide and act."

Willy Castro Guzmán, University Professor and Researcher, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Isabel Barbancho

"A very natural and human vision of this new artifical era"

Isabel Barbancho, Full Professor, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

Carlos Cancino-Chacón

"Based on her years of experience both in academia and in industry, as well as her interest in the world of business, Dr. Velarde presents in this book a realistic perspective of the role technology, in particular artificial intelligence (AI), is playing and will play in our lives both at a personal level and at the society level. Instead of focusing only on the potential dilemmas of general artificial intelligence, she discusses important topics including the need for national and international strategies for AI development, as well as the consequences of developing biased AI models in a world with large inequalities (gender, racial, class, etc.)."

Carlos Cancino-Chacón, Assistant Professor, Institute of Computational Perception, Johannes Kepler University Linz

In the media says

"With a simple and precise language, the author talks about Artificial Intelligence (IA) and its sub areas -machine learning and deep learning-, through practical examples, graphs and the collection of scientific studies on the subject along the years. Velarde goes through topics ranging from philosophy, creativity, consciousness, to of course, intelligence and education. All this, taking as a central axis AI and the impact it has had worldwide and in Latin America.", Dafne García, LadoB. (Translation, original text in Spanish)

"'Artificial era' by Gissel Velarde represents a valuable contribution in the field of artificial intelligence and its repercussions on society, especially for Hispanics, because it is an accessible book, written in a clear and precise manner; also because scientific literature in this field is usually not available in Spanish.", eju.tv (Translation, original text in Spanish)

LadoB, 17/01/2021: Era artificial: quienes dominen la tecnología tendrán la ventaja eju!, 25/01/2021: Gissel Velarde: “Es posible que en el transcurso de este siglo la inteligencia artificial llegase a superar ampliamente a los humanos"

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Data

The book contains two new studies. The data has been made available:

AI's impact. Survey data .csv (89 KB)

AI trends. Cloud of words data .py (6 KB)

If you use this data, please cite as suggested:

Velarde, G. (2021) Era Artificial: Predicciones para ultrahumanos, robots y otros entes inteligentes. Düsseldorf: PRICA.