This will be Bookomi's Most Wanted title for March 2019.
Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the Oxford University. He is also a Professor of Mathematics and a Fellow of New College, Oxford and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.
In his new book, he looks at our extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be human. The novels of Henry James can communicate the inner world of one human being to another. The music of Wagner or Schubert takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride as we give ourselves up to their sublime sounds. These are the expressions of what Marcus du Sautoy calls ‘the creativity code’. Yet some believe that the new developments in AI and machine learning are so sophisticated that they can learn what it means to be human – that they can crack the code.
Here he is talking about some of the OMI from his previous book - What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge (Fourth Estate, 2016) just before a CCCBLAB Conference in Barcelona...raising the big questions about our potential and our limitations as human beings...