Artificial Intelligence: Boon or Bane?

 A Social Science Perspective

This edited book aims to provide an overview of the main dimensions and challenges of artificial intelligence (hereafter AI) from a social science perspective.

The AI is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks that are commonly associated with intelligent beings. In a very short span from its introduction, AI has become omnipresent in contemporary human lives. Human being interacts with AI, whether knowingly or unknowingly, daily when using their phones, digital assistants, undergoing medical treatment, or during web browsing. AI has proven it can produce immense social good. However, every new technology comes with considerable caveats, there are always unforeseen consequences, which  we  tend  to  observe  once  set  in  motion.  Those  unintended  outcomes  of  AI will  likely challenge us all.

Although we are counting on AI as the next tool to revolutionize the way we live, work and interact with each other, it remains unclear as to how these intelligent agents will help to solve more complex problems than the ones existing today e.g. poverty, social inequality, human rights and social security, climate changes, pandemic crisis and so on. So, it becomes pertinent at current times that we see through social sciences perspective on AI to unpack and explain what AI means to be human.

In this background, this edited work is a novel attempt to ponder upon the social dimension of AI. Combining work from researchers active in different academic fields of social science, it will also include contributions from professionals and entrepreneurs who work with artificial intelligence. The book will be an edited volume in which the chapters are written by researchers, as well as experts, to understand the different aspects of AI in the broader societal context.

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