DR. OMAR HATAMLEH is the Former Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA, and former Executive Director of the Space Studies Program at International Space University. Prior to that he was the Deputy Chief Scientist at NASA ARC responsible for identifying new and promising areas of scientific research and supporting technologies that can be integrated into the Center's capabilities. Omar is also the President of the Infinity Institute, a global non-profit Think Tank tasked with developing disruptive solutions for healthcare. Omar has been at NASA for 23 years in different roles, and has published over 33 international journal articles in Engineering. Omar has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions from NASA including the Silver Achievement Medal, NASA Innovation, and Superior Achievement Awards. He has four engineering degrees, speaks four languages, and has been an invited keynote speaker to multiple national and international events including major innovation conferences, Google, IBM, European Investment Fund, etc.
DR. GEORGE A. TILESCH is a senior global innovation and AI expert who is a conduit and trusted advisor between the US and EU ecosystems, specializing in AI Strategy, Ethics, Impact, Policy, and Governance. Most recently, he was Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Global Affairs at Ipsos, a global Top 3 research firm, where he led the Digital Impact & Governance research and advisory practice and coordinated AI thought leadership. His global senior executive and strategy consulting leadership track record span decades with government leaders worldwide; Microsoft and Fortune 50 Tech corporations; international organizations and global think tanks; startups/scaleups; and global social innovation leaders. A senior consultant and frequent keynote speaker at major innovation conferences and a guest lecturer at US and EU universities, George is leading an AI Policy Working Group for Club De Madrid-World Leadership Alliance on AI, Trust & Democracy and is involved in multiple World Economic Forum Experts Groups, designing AI government strategy, and AI regulatory frameworks.
"The book is a must-read for policymakers and political leaders who wish to understand what principles should guide AI development, as well as presenting a useful map of key AI issues to a more general audience. "
"We already live in an AI-driven world. Narrow AI is ubiquitous in the devices we carry on us and is a core part of many of the systems we use to acquire knowledge, to purchase goods and to communicate with friends and family. And while artificial general intelligence still feels far away, more general, contextually-aware systems are making good progress, and, as the Covid-19 pandemic is demonstrating, humans are always surprised by the nature of exponential processes.(...) Where Hatamleh and Tilesch's book stands out is the way in which it combines a discussion of the technological and industrial aspects of AI with historical and philosophical perspectives that seek to confront the discrepancy between how AI is portrayed by technology leaders in public, and how they discuss it in private. They tackle AI ethics, governance, geopolitics, the impact on democracy and links with authoritarianism, religion and the nature of consciousness. They don't shy away from difficult topics or controversial conclusions. (...) Where I most wholeheartedly concur is is when they say "The AI future needs moral as well as technology leadership." Their final chapter is a manifesto for AI stewardship. Like all final chapters in books of this type, it lays out a set of interesting frameworks and ideas that themselves could fit an entire book. I hope they write that one too."
“...Betweenbrains” is a remarkably researched, thoughtful broadside telling us to pay attention now. The wolf is here, or is a wolf at all? It’s something big and hairy and we need to figure it out, for ourselves in our own lifetimes and for future generations who will live with your decisions. A real wakeup call.(...) Instead of a rant, they offer us a thoroughly researched, closely reasoned and remarkably comprehensive analysis of how AI will play out across the range of industries, the range of social practices and the range of social and ethical concerns. If there was one insight that stuck to my bones it is this: We need to think, advocate and regulate as if AI were at full warp operational speed already."
"BetweenBrains is a very important book in the age of exponentially developing AI. I would highly recommend it to all, but especially to policymakers, decision-makers, and of course, to experts and practitioners of various AI areas and verticals. What is inevitable is our shared responsibility to steer AI, since its applications and implications are here and now, not in the distant future."
"BetweenBrains is a thoughtful exploration of the opportunities and challenges of AI. A great read especially for any non-technical reader who needs to understand the implications of the coming wave of "AI everywhere": the impact on business models, political systems, and ultimately on our planetary society as a whole. Particular focus is on the human aspects of the issue, and the ethical implications of our choices - or lack thereof - when it comes to AI. It ends with a passionate appeal to create a new system of AI governance that transcends not just single actors but also national boundaries - the kind of systems we need to tackle humanity's "wicked problems" of the century to come."