Isabel Millar

Philosopher and psychoanalytic theorist



The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence
recently Published
The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence
Humans are very complicated things and very delicate things, and very powerful things. We need to understand them before we can understand how AI will interact with them.
About Millar

"One of the country's leading young thinkers" –– HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

People tend to respond to artificial intelligence with either fear or love. Isabel Millar proposes a third way: to psychoanalyze artificial intelligence and the persistent investment in it. In a stunning work of expansive intellectual power, Millar shifts the fundamental question concerning artificial intelligence to the terrain of enjoyment. After Millar’s book, the question “Does it enjoy?” should be the starting point for any engagement with artificial intelligence. It is simply an epochal book for understanding this engagement.

Does It think? Does It enjoy? Taking the problem of artificial intelligence as a problem that has been in a way always-already inherent to psychoanalytic inquiry Isabel Millar accomplishes a most powerful and productive shift of perspective on both psychoanalysis and AI. Her work takes us on a fascinating journey across a vivid conceptual and figural landscape, and provides an excellent proof that powerful, captivating theory is all about asking the right kind of questions. The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence is both extremely timely and timeless in the way it constructs and tackles its object.