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Architects of Intelligence: The truth about AI from the people building it

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How will AI evolve and what major innovations are on the horizon? What will its impact be on the job market, economy, and society? What is the path toward human-level machine intelligence? What should we be concerned about as artificial intelligence advances

Kindle Edition, 554 pages
Published November 23rd 2018 by Packt Publishing
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
We're all so heads over heels ga-ga!
Over all the intelligence,
The artificial pseudo-one,
That's not precisely intelligent,
Or even precise (often!).
But rather's pretty bonkers.
Will it wage war on us?
Or is it?

Basically a mix of interviews bordering on a mix of conjecture, hype and really vague thoughts on AI.
Not too illuminating. DNF.
The insight this book gives is how the views to the AI future vary widely among those 23 (or 24 if we include the author Martin Ford) top frontiers of the AI. The book also shows AI technology and implications on culture, economy, ethics, regulation are evolving.

This would be a great book for those who started learning AI/machine learning. The book would help prevent one from developing a dogmatic view of the AI. Martin Ford did a fantastic job of crowdsourcing the meta-knowledge of the AI thro
Pritom Mojumder
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ratings are useless for this book. This book contains interviews with 24 persons who are currently working as researchers, developers, philosophers, and entrepreneurs in the field of Artificial Intelligence. This will be a great book whos are interested in this field, not only interested to contribute, but also interested to know what is happening in academia and industry. It is good to know the field and infer the future from the insights of experts rather than a public figure like Elon Musk, w ...more
Jurgen Appelo
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit repetitive but great to see the variety of opinions from the world's leading experts. And kudos for not interviewing Elon Musk. ...more
Khyati Gautam
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artificial Intelligence is a revolutionary concept which has come to grasp the humanity and take the time ahead on wings. It is transitioning from the realm of sci-fi to the reality of our daily lives. The time is not far when every basic human action would be commanded and aided by machines. But are we really prepared for such a consequence where machines would actually slave us? 

To numerous questions pertaining to our existential threats and development, Architects of Intelligence is a complet
Tatyana Poturnak
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books-2021
I think of this book as an overview of the history and the present, a set of educated opinions that can wet your appetite to learn more about AI/HI/AGI/ML/etc.

It presents range of deeper technical and higher level policy/economy/governance considerations related to the field, with some interviews being just stellar and some.. too sci fi-ish to my liking. It also gets repetitive at times - but might be by author’s design.

The best thing about this book is you get to hear from the experts, people w
Suzie Choi
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
No doubt an insightful book, however the format of the book made it seem a bit repetitive by the end of it. Had it been a bit shorter or more varied in the questions the author asked interviewees, may have been more engaging through to the last chapters
Jim Lavis
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book answered a lot of my question about the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial Intelligence is going disrupt the world in so many ways. It’s going to change the world as we know it, and it’s happening as I write this review.

The book talks about the risks, rewards and timelines associated with this new development. My fear is that the general public is not that literate or aware of what’s happening in our world and many will suffer, because they’re not prepared.

Some t
Anas Bashir
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, I can say I am a little better informed on what Artificial Intelligence is all about and better placed to understand the hype surrounding the technology.

Martin Ford, the author, rightly, starts the book by defining what is AI (there are difference of opinions amongst the technologists on this) and terms like back propagation, convoluted neural network, etcetera. Moreover you get to hear (read) about AI from several horses’ mouths, pioneers and trailblazers, some of who
Jane Robertson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A series of interviews wirh people prominent in the field of AI research. What's happening in AI now, some history and where they see successful or interesting pathways in thr future. Everyone is asked about AGI (artificial general intelligence) and when they think it might happen. It's quite interesting to read about the different strategies researchers are using in AI and what the future of work for humans. ...more
Joonas Kiminki
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The bible on AI. Not the lightest of reads, but highly recommended.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Good book overall,
The font in the printed version is too small, don't get it if you care for your eyes!
Alex Cloak
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great collection of interviews with act and thought leaders in the field of AI
Amandeep Singh
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
This should have been a podcast, It's conversational throughout the book, and is disorienting. It is just a compilation of interviews with 20+ people without an overall theme. Feels like a subtitle out a podcast session with different episodes without continuity. Issues - lot of repetitions, doesn't carry a point, very less substance, among a few.

It tries to touch upon all topics that concern the AI community without going deep. Not a great informational book. Ex: "How long is AGI going to take?
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. A compilation of oral interviews, transcribed from audio recordings. Because very little editing was done, they are sometimes repetitive or vague or assume a level of knowledge beyond my comprehension. A fair amount of biographical information is presented, such as where so-and-so went to school, what degrees he or she earned, etc. Some AI terms are sorta, kinda explained, but a lot of terms are left undefined or underdefined, so I did a lot of searching on Google (yes, I see the irony, lol ...more
Peter O'Kelly
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone interested in the past, present, and possible future of AI will find this book very useful.

Author synopsis:

Nathan Kaiser
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I missed the insights that I expected.

In addition, the book format did not work for me: it is a verbatim collection of interviews the author held with several people active in the AI space.
Vlad Bezden
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's hard to read this book for every single scientist. I think you just choose some of them read and done. ...more
Brett Spencer
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to share my experience and lessons learned from a book that completely hooked and pulled me into the subject matter. I am trying something new with this book review on GoodReads, so please be kind but do let me know if you enjoyed this, if you did not and if there are tips to help me improve for next time, all inputs are welcome.

Architects of AI does what the podcasts, explainer videos, fanatics and passionate technologists fail to do repeatedly. Deliver the realities, limitations, co
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's good, presenting compelling points and forcing you to consider the advance of technology from a number of different viewpoints. The interviews start to feel repetitive after awhile, as one reads the same questions over and over again. It's hard argue against being thorough, though, and the book would have suffered for being more selective.

There were a number of repeated themes throughout the interviews. One was debate about whether deep learning, a hybrid between deep learning and a symboli
Chouba Nabil
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it's a book that shares vision and view form expert on the field not like other science fiction books

Computers are useless they answer questions rather asking them ( by Picasso )

We are not going out of jobs because we will not have a shortage of problemes

Technology self regulate itself, people will lose their jobs but a counter force is people need time to learn how to use the new technology

Ai may make task stupid like taxi drivers, no need to be smart: it will push salaries to low

Highly skill
Liang Gang Yu
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A collection of interviews to 24, including the author Martin Ford, active and accomplished people in AI field. It is a great read to learn some general knowledge about AI, and take on different points of view on AI's impact on our society.

"Current AI - and the AI that we can foresee in the reasonable future - does not, and will not, have a moral sense or moral understanding of what is right and what is wrong." Yoshua Bengio.

"Once an AGI gets past kindergarten reading level, it will shoot beyo
Alex Stoll
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely appreciated the perspectives of the relative AI reserachers that this book offered.

To a certain degree this book was a little repetitive because similiar questions were asked to the 23 (there wouldnt have been a better structure possible to show each person's opinions I guess) experts but nonetheless, there were also mostly new informations in each interview.

I also hoped to learn more about AI techniques which I definitely did, but the book stayed more general, which is completely
Mahammad Valiyev
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
The book contains interviews with 23 most prominent research scientists and enterpreneurs in AI and Machine Learning (including ‘Fathers of Deep Learning’: Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun), who made significant contributions to those fields through different dimensions.

Though interviews are fairly open ended, author tries to focus discussion around getting to know opinions of these 23 individuals on questions such as

-What are some of the most promising AI approaches and technologie
Phillip Rhodes
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ai
Very enlightening series of interviews with a number of the top AI researchers working in the field today. If y0u're at all interested in AI, where it's going, how it will impact humanity going forward, or related issues, this book is absolutely for you. Also, if you've read Nick Bostrom's book Super Intelligence and found it of interest, I think this book makes a great companion to that volume. Bostrom and his work are frequently commented on by the researchers interviewed here.

The only knock I
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very timely journey through the current state of the art and directions the future is taking as we speak. The individuals interviewed are truly extraordinary and their insights are often contradictory but it makes for a fascinating read overall. The way it is split up into interviews makes it easy to dip into whenever you have time. I found some great references among these pages of things to follow up on e.g documentaries and projects to look into. I also think that this overview shou ...more
Ferdous Hriday
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started reading the book mid last year. I couldn't finish it then. But I started reading the book this year and have finished it. It took me more than 2 months. It's because nature of the book. As this book is on interview of leading researchers in AI, it introduces different school of thought. Due to the comprehensiveness of Martin Ford, I felt like I am understanding what's the motivation and philosophy behind different researchers. And it inspires me more to go through some other literature ...more
Tom Taulli
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny thing, I found out about this book from the recommendation engine from my account on So score another one for machine learning!

And yes, I'm glad that made the recommendation. The book provides interviews of the top people in AI, whether academics, VCs or entrepreneurs. In other words, there is a diversity of opinion.

I also like how the author covers the key topics of AI: deep learning, the prospects of general AI, and so on.

All in all, if you want a great backgrounde
Neil H
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's enough interviews here to boggle your mind. From the most eminent technocrats of Artificial Intelligence to the pioneers who have lived thorough and are still challenging themselves with the mysteries of attaining and coping with effective and affective intelligence on bio and neurological systems. We have in this book series upon series of nuance ideas articulating why, how, when what intelligence is. How they fulfill the scientists working on it and how they will initiate the most comp ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bad-things
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Martin Ford is the author of the two books Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (2015) and The Lights In the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future (2009) — both dealing with the effects of automation and mass-unemployment. He is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm, and obtained a computer engineering degre ...more

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