George Zarkadakis is a novelist, Artificial Intelligence engineer, science communicator and entrepreneur. He has over 25 years’ experience in management consulting, media, marketing and communications, as well as in digital strategy and innovation, having worked – among others - for the European Commission, the European Bioinformatics Institute, Accenture, Silicon Graphics and Willis Towers Watson. He has founded and exited a number of technology startups, and founded and directed the biggest popular science magazine in SE Europe. He has written for television as well as the stage, and has lectured around the world on the intersection of economics, technology, and organizational culture. For his international work in the public engagement of science he has been awarded a French knighthood by the French government. His novels have been published in Greece, Italy and Spain. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, and his most recent book is “In Our Own Image: the history and future of Artificial Intelligence” (Pegasus Books, in US), where he explores how literary and art narratives are framing our debates, fears, and anxieties about intelligent machines. He blogs regularly on Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and is currently authoring a new book on the future of democracy for MIT Press.