Best-selling Writer and sought-after speaker on Artificial Intelligence
Calum Chace is a best-selling Writer and sought-after speaker on Artificial Intelligence. He focuses on the medium- and long-term impact of AI on all of us, our societies and our economies.
His non-fiction books on AI are Surviving AI, about strong AI and Superintelligence, and The Economic Singularity, about the prospect of widespread technological unemployment. He also wrote Pandora's Brain, a techno-thriller about the first Superintelligence. In the last four years he has given over 120 talks in 18 countries on five continents.
Within the AI community, Calum Chace is probably best known for championing the idea of the Economic Singularity, which he defines as the time when technological unemployment becomes a reality. He argues this is a possible outcome that should be taken more seriously. "It is at least a 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 working out what we would do about this, if it happens". He is Co-Founder of a think tank focused on the future of jobs, called the Economic Singularity Club. The ESC has published "Stories from 2045", a book of short stories.
Before becoming a full-time writer in 2012, Calum Chace had a 30-year career in Journalism and Business. He trained with the BBC World service and then moved into marketing with BP, working in London and Dubai. After taking an MBA he became a strategy consultant, working as a Director of KPMG and a Partner in a boutique consultancy, where he carried out reviews of over 100 companies going through mergers, acquisitions, and private equity investments.
After 15 years in consultancy he spent five years running entrepreneurial businesses, finishing up with the successful turnaround of a company launching an innovative and environmentally healthy form of weed control.
Before all that, he studied Philosophy at Oxford University, which confirmed his suspicion that the science fiction he had been reading since boyhood is actually philosophy in fancy dress. Calum lives in southern England and in Spain with his partner and their son.
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