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# The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

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**A thought-provoking and wide-ranging exploration of machine learning and the race to build computer intelligences as flexible as our own**

In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. In

*The Master Algorithm*, Pedro ...more

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Hardcover, 352 pages

Published
September 22nd 2015
by Basic Books
(first published September 8th 2015)

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The level of explanation veers wildly from ridiculously oversimplified to technical minutiae. It is more confusing than enlightening as it goes through topics in an almost random order, scattering them all throughout the book. (You would think that Hume's problem of induction, the underdetermination of data, ...more

Machine Learning Made Easier (or NOT!): "The Master Algorithm" by Pedro Domingos Published September 22nd 2015.

How can one become an expert in ML? All one needs is a basic background in (multivariate) Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Probability. ML is math. If one wants to understand the techniques, one has to understand the math. No shortcut. If one wants to start looking into the field of ML, this book is for you. If not, stay well c ...more

While reading this book , the image of Sophia was constantly assaulting my mental screen!

I'm sure most of you remember that gorgeous social robot, that could blink, smile, raise an eyebrow, and was capable of 59 more facial expressions.

She has been a media darling, showing herself in magazines, newspapers, tv news, talk shows,... spreading her charm all over the world.

She could handle a clever conversation, make eye contact and even show some sense of humour!

Sophia dreams ab ...more

Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

The advantage of the best algorithm will lie in its autonomous development and improvement, to which nothing can catch up with. Just as a beginner has no chance against a professional with decades of training. However, the AI takes only moments or maybe days to surpass the level of a hu ...more

I give these two ratings depending on who is reading this review. If you are a total novice in the world of computer science, or science in general for that matter, then this will likely be a 5 star book. It does a great job of introducing not just the concepts in machine learning, but also statistical ideas like variance, over-fitting, and even principal components. The key word there however is

*concepts*. If yo ...more

But, this book is a pile of crap. Despite his best efforts, Domingos isn't a novelist, which makes the writing a bit cheesy. Putting that aside, I think that the book has several problems:

- The entire premise of the book is that a master algorithm exist. I don't think that we have any idea about that yet.

- The separation of machine learning p ...more

Also, I can't help but find his depiction of the post-master algorithm world creepy. Call me old fashioned.

I found myself able to follow roughly 70% or so of the technical content of this book, and there were definitely some times that it was a bit too technical for me to completely grasp what he was trying to say. The writing ...more

"... The greatest benefit of machine learning may ultimately be not what the machines learn but what we learn by teaching them."

Although I didn't agree with all of the points about the present and future of AI in this book and there were a lot of fanciful metaphors being tossed aro ...more

Domingos sets out to describe the va ...more

We are not yet there with machine learning perfection. Boffins are still seeking the most powerful algorithm of all, the so-called M ...more

*"You’ve reached the final stage of your quest. You knock on the door of the Tower of Support Vectors. A menacing-looking guard opens it, and you suddenly realize that you don’t know the password. “Kernel,” you blurt out, trying to keep the panic from your voice. The guard bows and steps aside. R*...more

The book is perhaps a bit too keen in boosting machine learning, but it may be that the impact of machine learning is going to be a ...more

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Everyone who is interested in knowing ML/AI, how it works, how to make it better.

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non-fiction

'The Master Algorithm' (not the book) is a computer science equivalent to 'the theory of everything' of the universe.

One algorithm that does it all.

It is a very nice book. But at times it will throw at you some basic machine learning (ML) jargon, which, if you are not familiar with the field, you will need to Google. The author starts with examples of how ML is already part of our lives, and lists out problems still needed to be solved. Problems so complex that can only be solved by powerful ML ...more

One algorithm that does it all.

It is a very nice book. But at times it will throw at you some basic machine learning (ML) jargon, which, if you are not familiar with the field, you will need to Google. The author starts with examples of how ML is already part of our lives, and lists out problems still needed to be solved. Problems so complex that can only be solved by powerful ML ...more

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