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12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next | Jeanette Winterson
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*A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, FINANCIAL TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD* Twelve bytes. Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding, funny and provocative essays on the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we live and the way we love - from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson. An original, and entertaining new book from Jeanette Winterson, drawing on her years of thinking about and reading about Artificial Intelligence in its bewildering manifestations. She looks to history, religion, myth, literature, the politics of race and gender, and of course, computing science, to help us understand the radical changes to the way we live and love that are happening now. When we create non-biological life-forms, will we do so in our image? Or will we accept the once-in-a-species opportunity to remake ourselves in their image? What do love, caring, sex, and attachment look like when humans form connections with non-human helpers teachers, sex-workers, and companions? And what will happen to our deep-rooted assumptions about gender? Will the physical body that is our home soon be enhanced by biological and neural implants, keeping us fitter, younger, and connected? Is it time to join Elon Musk and leave Planet Earth? With wit, compassion and curiosity, Winterson tackles AI's most interesting talking points, from the algorithms that data-dossier your whole life, to the weirdness of backing up your brain.
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Just pre-ordered this in a hardcover. It‘s been SO long since I‘ve posted on here and so long since I‘ve read anything new from Winterson. It‘s a good time to be alive friends.

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I‘m so happy to attend online book festival events. Today, Jeanette Winterson talked about where humankind is headed & how so much of what‘s been described in science fiction has come to pass. Gender is an important issue (“a dick is not a magic wand”) plus we need to laugh at ourselves while simultaneously taking ourselves seriously. Her optimism lies with young people, in whom she sees a strong sense of social justice.

Lindy Regarding the fallibility of algorithms, I second Winterson‘s book recommendation: 4mo
SamAnne I read my first of her novels last year—Frankissstein. Loved it. Want to read more. 4mo
Lindy @SamAnne I believe Winterson‘s new essay collection deals with similar themes as in her Frankisstein novel. 👍 4mo
SamAnne @Lindy will stack! 4mo
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