Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is an author and scientist and has been described by Professor Jim Al-Khalili as ‘one of the most fascinating and important scientists alive today.’
He is Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and Chairman of the Open Data Institute, which he co-founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and was previously Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton. Shadbolt is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy expert and commentator. He has studied and researched Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Science and the emerging field of Web science and has made significant contributions to all of these disciplines. Running through all of his work has been his desire to understand how intelligent behaviour is embodied and emerges in humans, machines and most recently on the Web.
‘This is a brilliantly readable, genuinely cutting-edge book that is also often very entertaining. Of all the recent studies of automation and AI, The Digital Ape stands head and shoulders above the rest. Shadbolt and Hampson have written a landmark book.’ — ANDREW KEEN
‘There has never been a more important time to discuss what it means to be human, in the past, now, and in the future. This is a book for anyone interested in getting behind the headlines and understanding how technology is impacting our world. The writers are two masters in their field who are not only erudite but immensely humane and compassionate.’ — MARTHA LANE FOX