T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power

October 31, 2020
T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power

"Mike Kanaan is an influential new voice in the field of AI, andhis thoughts paint an insightful perspective. A thought-provokingread." Eric Schmidt, former CEO and executive chairman ofGoogleLate in 2017, the conversation about the global impact ofartificial intelligence (AI) changed forever. China delivered abold message when it released a national plan to dominate allaspects of AI across the planet. Within weeks, Russia's VladimirPutin raised the stakes by declaring AI the future for allhumankind, and proclaiming that, "Whoever becomes the leader inthis sphere will become the ruler of the world."The race was on. Consistent with their unique national agendas,countries throughout the world began plotting their paths andhurrying their pace. Now, not long after, the race has become asprint.Despite everything at risk, for most of us AI remains shroudedby a cloud of mystery and misunderstanding. Hidden behind complextechnical terms and confused even further by extravagant depictionsin science fiction, the realities of AI and its profoundimplications are hard to decipher, but no less crucial tounderstand.In T-Minus AI: Humanity's Countdown to Artificial Intelligenceand the New Pursuit of Global Power, author Michael Kanaan explainsthe realities of AI from a human-oriented perspective that's easyto comprehend. A recognized national expert and the U.S. AirForce's first Chairperson for Artificial Intelligence, Kanaanweaves a compelling new view on our history of innovation andtechnology to masterfully explain what each of us should know aboutmodern computing, AI, and machine learning.Kanaan also illuminates the global implications of AI byhighlighting the cultural and national vulnerabilities alreadyexposed and the pressing issues now squarely on the table. AI hasalready become China's all-purpose tool to impose authoritarianinfluence around the world. Russia, playing catch up, isweaponizing AI through its military systems and now infamous,aggressive efforts to disrupt democracy by whatever disinformationmeans possible.America and like-minded nations are awakening to these newrealities, and the paths they're electing to follow echo loudly, inmost cases, the political foundations and moral imperatives uponwhich they were formed.As we march toward a future far different than ever imagined,T-Minus AI is fascinating and critically well-timed. It leaves thefiction behind, paints the alarming implications of AI for whatthey actually are, and calls for unified action to protectfundamental human rights and dignities for all.