French rights sold to The Peace Machine by Timo Honkela: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for World Peace

We are extremely happy to announce that the prestigious French publisher Éditions Saint-Simon has acquired the French rights of Professor Timo Honkela’s book The Peace Machine (Rauhankone, Gaudeamus).

This important ”brainy book” explains how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of humanity.

Les Éditions Saint-Simon,  established 18 years ago, are very happy to publish The Peace Machine of the great Professor Timo Honkela. After having published the greatest Anglo-Saxon authors: Tom Friedman, Francis Fukuyama, Tom Holland, Niall Ferguson etc. it is an honor to add Timo Honkela into our catalogue. In The Peace Machine Professor Honkela offers a very personal approach to a subject yet so technical and scientific. The autobiographical perspective creates an immediate proximity with the reader and helps the reader to get into the heart of the subject. It adds real value to the text, and opens the subject to the wide audience. A brilliant book.”
– France Roque, Publisher, Éditions Saint-Simon

Testimonial by Professor Donald WunschMissouri University of Science and Technology, USA
“The peace machine is a lovely hope, but is it a realistic one? Perhaps it is even inevitable. But the Peace Machine can move even further. Machines that help us communicate, analyze, and learn are a major opportunity to bring us what we all want – a more peaceful life and world. May Timo Honkela’s vision of a Peace Machine be swift and inexorable. It is more than a lovely hope; it is the most likely outcome.”

Endorsement by Pekka Haavisto, MP & President of the European Institute of Peace, Finland
”Professor Honkela’s idea to use the artificial intelligence to serve the peace is both respectable and fascinating. In the future, the peace machine might help the conflict parties to find optimal solutions, or it might give advice to the UN Security Council to advance global security. But it can also be an app in our phone, solving everyday conflicts. I recommend this book to everyone who wants new perspectives for peace making.” 

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Rauhankone. Tekoälytutkijan testamentti 
Gaudeamus 2017, 285 pp.

Gaudeamus (Orig.)
Éditions Saint-Simon

Finnish edition
English manuscript

About author

Timo Honkela

Timo Honkela researched artificial intelligence and machine learning for over 30 years, and served as a professor in three universities, including his post as Professor of Digital Information Research in Helsinki University. The Peace Machine is his testament, in which he talks about his life work in hopes of inspiring other people to continue the important work.


2017, General Nonfiction, Parenting & Educational

Peace Machine

Timo Honkela

Midsummer’s review round-up

It’s Midsummer: we Finns are preparing for the celebration of the longest day of the year. Bonfires are lit, feasts are prepared and of course, sauna is a staple part of Midsummer.

In addition to The Finnish Sauna Book by Carita Harju, you can read more about the health benefits of a hot sauna in Finding Sisu. Katja Pantzar’s book about finding courage, wellness, and happiness through the power of sisu has been recently published in UK and Germany, and in many other countries the printers are already running hot.

The US publication of Finding Sisu is due next week, and Vogue reviewed the book very favorably: read the piece yourself to see how you can practice your sisu anywhere in the world, even in NYC.

Another nonfiction highlight of the spring is The Peace Machine by Professor Timo Honkela, who is now visiting Japan and the Finnish Institute in Japan to discuss his “Peace Machine Concept” of designing artificial intelligence and machine learning to serve humanity, in practice to help people to live in peace with each other.

On the fiction side, The Bystander by Saara Turunen has stirred conversation in Finland about writing as a profession and the role of literary criticism. Readers and reviewers have enjoyed the book:

“The novel is harrowing, emotional, fresh, original, fun and thought-provoking. Oh boy it’s good!” – Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Katja Törmänen’s prize-winning fantasy novel The Bear’s Bride has also been well received: ”Myth and history mix in Katja Törmänen’s unique narrative art”, wrote Kalevanewspaper.

The Angry Widow by Minna Lindgren – now sold to German, Italian, Czech and Slovak – keeps getting great reviews: “Lindgren finds comic details in our lives and tells them quickly and amusingly,” said Suomen kuvalehti magazine.

Get in touch with us for reading materials – and have a happy Midsummer!

About author

Carita Harju

Carita Harju is a Finnish sauna experience expert and marketing professional whose mission is to share the Finnish sauna’s positive health and wellness benefits with the world. She is the founder and executive director of Sauna from Finland, which represents an international network of more than 200 sauna industry companies. The organization’s mission is to create the world’s best sauna experiences, and Harju loves her work, because it allows her to advance an idea that she is personally so passionate about. Carita Harju has always enjoyed saunas, goes to sauna with her family nearly every day and gives talks all over the world.

Her first illustrated guide, Sauna - The Way of Finnish Life (2016), has been published in four languages, including German and Chinese. Her second book, Soul of the Sauna, was released in Japanese and Hungarian, while her newest title Saunafulness (Hyvää oloa saunomalla, 2021) has been sold to 4 territories.

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Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 24 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.

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Katja Törmänen

KATJA TÖRMÄNEN is a history teacher by training and a writer by profession. She has also studied and taught creative writing. She lives in Oulu, Northern Finland.

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Minna Lindgren

Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009, Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

Lindgren is best known for the Sunset Grove trilogy, which has been sold to 18 territories, and the final part, The End of Sunset Grove, was nominated for the International Dublin Literature Award in 2019. She has also written four standalone novels and a non-fiction book about the history of opera.

Minna Lindgren’s books have been critical and commercial successes, in Finland and internationally.

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Saara Turunen

Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen is known for her three highly acclaimed novels - Irrational Things (2021), The Bystander (2018) and Love/Monster (2015), but also for her work in theatre. Her plays have been translated into 15 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen has received the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015, the Finland Prize in 2016, the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and the Lea-Prize in 2020, all high-profile awards given in Finland.

About author

Timo Honkela

Timo Honkela researched artificial intelligence and machine learning for over 30 years, and served as a professor in three universities, including his post as Professor of Digital Information Research in Helsinki University. The Peace Machine is his testament, in which he talks about his life work in hopes of inspiring other people to continue the important work.