The Digital Ape

How to Live (in Peace) with Smart Machines

Nigel Shadbolt, Roger Hampson

250 pages May 2018 copies in English Original publisher: Scribe UKNon Fiction

On behalf of: Toby Mundy Associates

How smart machines are transforming us all — and what we should do about it.

This book, written by one of the world’s pre-eminent web scientists, is an authoritative assessment of what is happening to the human race in the twenty-first century. It shows that we are living through the most significant transformation since humans left the forests 3 million years ago and took up eating meat.

The Digital Ape draws on the latest web science to provide an intellectual handle on what is becoming of us. It examines life and work, love and reproduction, privacy and intimacy, to present a map of the future.


“One of the most fascinating and important scientists alive today.”

— Professor Jim Al-Khalidi

‘This is a brilliantly readable, genuinely cutting-edge book that is also often very entertaining. Of all the recent studies of automation and AI, The Digital Ape stands head and shoulders above the rest. Shadbolt and Hampson have written a landmark book.’

— Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future and The Internet is Not the Answer

‘There has never been a more important time to discuss what it means to be human, in the past, now, and in the future. This is a book for anyone interested in getting behind the headlines and understanding how technology is impacting our world. The writers are two masters in their field who are not only erudite but immensely humane and compassionate.’

— Martha Lane Fox