The Body Electric
The Body Electric, Forthcoming
Posted: 10 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 17, 2018
This book explores the hazards and hopes of artificial intelligence (“AI”) for people with disabilities, disorders, and impairments. Today, leading technology companies are harnessing AI to assist people with vision and hearing limitations, autism, dyslexia, speech disorders, and mobility challenges. Contrasting with these positive developments, AI also presents broad new challenges for human dignity, privacy, and autonomy. This tension presses the question: how can society ensure that AI assists, and does not disadvantage, people with disabilities? This question concerns nearly everyone: People often acquire disabilities as they age, and assistive technologies sometimes slip into general use as well. By telling the remarkable stories of users, inventors, and policy experts, this book sensitively charts the promises, perils, and pathways forward.
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