(This article originally ran in The Publishers Weekly/BookBrunch London Book Fair Show Daily.)

When we hear the term “artificial intelligence”, or “AI”, popular cultural images, such as HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the Cylons in “Battlestar Galactica,” and Ultron in the most recent “Avengers” film, often come to mind. The man against machine theme is very much in vogue, and popular movies and TV series like “Ex-Machina,” “Westworld” and “Humans” have further cemented this trend. Some of that fictional fear also bleeds into our reality with many media articles claiming that automation or machine learning platforms will put humans out of work.

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