Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Markoff

Narrated By: George Newbern

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: August 2015

Duration: 11 hours 53 minutes


This new era offers the promise of immensely powerful machines, but it also reframes a question first raised more than half a century ago, when the intelligent machine was born. Will we control these systems, or will they control us?
In this sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers, Markoff traces the different ways developers have addressed this fundamental tension between man and machine and the ethical quandaries raised as the pace of technological change accelerates dramatically. We are on the brink of the next stage of the computer revolution, and robots have already begun to transform modern life. Designers must draw a bright line between what is human and what is machine. We must decide to design ourselves into our future—or risk being excluded from it altogether.


  • Jonathan Cook

    This is definitely worth a read, as the content is so fascinating. Unfortunately, the content jumps around from place to place, decade to decade, and subject to subject without seeming continuity. It is as if the author gathered all of the relevant information to write a fascinating book, wrote it, and then randomly mixed up all the sections and chapters. One moment you are in 1961, the next moment you're in 2010, often without transition and without explanation or clear motive for this. I'm sure there's some organizational thread on which the loose structure of this book is based, but honestly, I was confused half the time during the listen because I could never fully get my bearing on where exactly in the story I was at any given point.