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Social Machines: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networking, and Humanity by Alice M. Mulvehill, James Hendler

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© James Hendler and Alice M. Mulvehill 2016

James Hendler and Alice M. Mulvehill, Social Machines, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1156-4_1

1. Introduction: Why This Book?

James Hendler and Alice M. Mulvehill2

(1)Albany, New York, USA

(2)Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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It is often said that the expression “May you live in interesting times!” is an ancient Chinese curse. In reality this story is probably apocryphal, but the notion behind it is not: times of great change can produce great opportunities, but also significant personal stress or major societal upheaval. Many things can cause change, but technological innovation is often a facilitator. And one challenge ...

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