Calum Chace

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Calum Chace (born 20 March 1959) is an English writer and speaker, focusing on the likely future impact of Artificial Intelligence on people and societies.[1]

He is the author of Surviving AI, The Economic Singularity, and the philosophical science fiction novel Pandora's Brain.[2]

Education[edit]

Chace studied at Maidstone Grammar School in Kent, England. He later studied philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) at Oxford University. His interest in AI stems from his reading of science fiction, which he describes as philosophy in fancy dress.[3]

Career[edit]

Prior to becoming a full-time writer and speaker in 2012, Chace had a 30-year career in journalism and business. He trained as a journalist with the BBC, and later he wrote a column for the FT. [4] He is now a contributor to Forbes magazine. [5] He moved into business, and ran a media practice at KPMG[3] before serving as director and CEO for a number of entrepreneurial businesses. [6]

He has published five books on Artificial Intelligence.[7]

In 2017, Chace co-founded the Economic Singularity Club, "a loose group of technologists, academics and writers who think the threat of mass technological unemployment is worth taking seriously".[8] In January 2019 the group published Stories from 2045, a collection of short stories by some of its members speculating on what the world might look like in 2045.

Publications[edit]

Books Published Year Author(s)
The Internet Consumer Bible[9] 2000 Tess Read, Calum Chace & Simon Rowe
The Internet Start-Up Bible[10] 2000 Tess Read, Calum Chace & Simon Rowe
Pandora's Brain[11][12][13] 2014 Calum Chace
Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence[14][13][12] 2015 Calum Chace
The Economic Singularity: Artificial intelligence and the Death of Capitalism[15][16] 2016 Calum Chace
Artificial Intelligence and the Two Singularities[17] 2018 Calum Chace
Stories from 2045[18] 2019 Calum Chace (editor)

Talks[edit]

In July 2019, Chace was listed among the top 50 futurist speakers in the world.[19]

Economic Singularity[edit]

Chace describes the economic singularity as the time when technological unemployment becomes a reality. He argues that "it is at least a serious possibility that within a generation, many or even most people will be unemployable because machines will be able to do whatever they could do for money better, cheaper and faster. We should be taking this possibility seriously and working out what we would do about it." [20]

“In the past, automation hasn’t caused lasting unemployment and has raised the level of wealth in the economy and created new jobs, but past examples of automation have replaced our muscle power and we had our cognitive abilities.” So what will happen when robots automate our cognitive work? [21] "When they start seeing cars driving around with no one driving them, people will realise how impressive computers are. If we don't have a plan, people will panic." [22]

“I think our best hope going forward is figuring out how to live in an economy of radical abundance, where machines do all the work, and we basically play.” [23] “A world where machines do all the jobs could be a world where humans do more important things, like playing, learning and having fun, but paying for that is going to be tricky.” [24]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Life in 2028: how advances in AI could change our lives for the better - and worse". The National. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ "Calum Chace : Author and speaker on artificial intelligence". 21stcentury.co.uk. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Hayes, Dawn (2003-01-20). "School Daze". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  4. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  5. ^ "Calum Chace - COGNITIVE WORLD". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  6. ^ "Weeding Technologies Limited - Company Profile - Endole". suite.endole.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  7. ^ "Artificial Intelligence Book Of September 2016".
  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  9. ^ Read; CHACE; Rowe (2000-12-07). The Internet Consumer Bible. London: Random House Business Books. ISBN 9780712671972.
  10. ^ Read, Chace and Rowe; results, search; Rowe, Simon (2000-05-04). The Internet Start-Up Bible. London: Random House Business Books. ISBN 9780712669665.
  11. ^ results, search (2014-02-04). Pandora's Brain. Place of publication not identified: Three Cs. ISBN 9780993211607.
  12. ^ a b Arthur, Charles (2015-11-07). "Artificial intelligence: 'Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  13. ^ a b Kleinman, Zoe (2017-07-21). "AI demo picks out recipes from food photos". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  14. ^ Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence, Three Cs, retrieved 2018-08-28
  15. ^ results, search (2016-07-18). The Economic Singularity: Artificial intelligence and the death of capitalism. Three Cs. ISBN 9780993211645.
  16. ^ "MPs want pupils to learn to rival robots – they should be equipped for a work-free world instead". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  17. ^ results, search (2018-04-28). Artificial Intelligence and the Two Singularities (1st ed.). Chapman and Hall/CRC. ISBN 9780815368533.
  18. ^ "Stories from 2045".
  19. ^ "The Top Futurist Speakers to Have at Your Conference". ReadWrite. 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  20. ^ Kelion, Leo (2018-04-02). "AI 'poses less risk to jobs than feared'". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  21. ^ "MPs want pupils to learn to rival robots – they should be equipped for a work-free world instead". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  22. ^ Kleinman, Zoe (2017-05-26). "Workers' rights v robo jobs". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  23. ^ Arthur, Charles (2015-11-07). "Artificial intelligence: 'Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  24. ^ "Life in 2028: how advances in AI could change our lives for the better - and worse". The National. Retrieved 2019-08-22.