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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power: 5 Battlegrounds

Book by Rajiv Malhotra.
Published by Rupa Publications.
520 pages.

Artificial Intelligence is only partially visible, just like an iceberg. To understand it fully, we must look beneath the surface. The positive side is that technology is making machines smarter. However, the deeper view explained in this book shows that AI is also making a growing number of people cognitively and psychologically dependent on digital networks.

Whether you are a social media fanatic, a diehard AI aficionado, or a paranoid sceptic, it is impossible to escape the ubiquitous impact of AI. Artificial Intelligence is the brains bringing together quantum computing, nanotechnology, medical technology, brain-machine interface, robotics, aerospace, 5G, Internet of Things, and more. It is amplifying human ingenuity and disrupting the foundations of healthcare, military, entertainment, education, marketing and manufacturing.

Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Power argues that this AI-driven revolution will have an unequal impact on different segments of humanity. There will be new winners and losers, new haves and have-nots, resulting in an unprecedented concentration of wealth and power.

After analyzing society’s vulnerabilities to the impending tsunami, the book raises troubling questions that provoke immediate debate: Is the world headed toward digital colonization by the USA and China? Will depopulation become eventually unavoidable?

Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Power is a wakeup call to action, compelling public intellectuals to be better informed and more engaged. It educates the social segments most at risk and wants them to demand a seat at the table where policies on Artificial Intelligence are being formulated.

Table of Contents


  • Disruptions and Battlegrounds
  • Battleground 1: Economic Development and Jobs
  • Battleground 2: Global Power
  • Battleground 3: Psychological Control and Agency
  • Battleground 4: Metaphysics
  • Grid of Four Battlegrounds
  • Battleground 5: India’s Future
  • The Purpose of This Book

Part One: Algorithm vs Being

  • Overview of AI Technologies
  • The Battle for Jobs
  • The Battle for World Domination
  • The Battle for Agency
  • The Battle for Self

Part Two: Battleground India

  • Stress Testing India
  • Technological Dependence
  • Digital Colonization
  • Psychological Hijacking
  • How Robust is the Rashtra


  • Appendix A: Forecasts by Economists
  • Appendix B: History of Shortsighted Imports by India
  • Appendix C: Tata Chairman’s Playbook for India
  • Appendix D: Organizations Discussing Social Justice

About the Author

Rajiv Malhotra is an internationally acclaimed author and public intellectual. He combines his background in physics and computer science with his quarter century of path-breaking research on India’s historical and future place in the world. As the founder of Princeton-based Infinity Foundation, he continues to change the global discourse with new and innovative paradigms. Rajiv Malhotra’s work covers a broad spectrum including mind sciences, civilizations, geopolitics and the future of India.