Review by Prof. Dr. Antje von Ungern-Sternberg
In his 2019 book, the French philosopher Gaspard Kœig examines the impact of artificial intelligence on humans and their place in society. As the subtitle promises, the work is based on numerous journeys and conversations with people who – in Silicon Valley, China or Israel – are at the forefront of developing or evaluating AI. As a classical liberal, Kœnig is critical of the increasing use of artificial intelligence because it endangers human free will. Fortunately, this book has nothing in common with the many alarmist but superficial horror visions of contemporary technology critics. It is a profound and stimulating book – the most stimulating I have read on this subject.