In a town hall event held in San Francisco, in February 2018, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, said, “AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.”
What other big brains have said so far on the subject?
-The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk believes, “AI is more dangerous than North Korea.”
-Billionaire entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban said, “I am telling you, the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.”
-Famous physicist Stephen Hawking said, “AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization.”
Taking these remarks into consideration it could be concluded that today AI is one of the hottest matters of debate among the biggest business leaders, scientists and thinkers of our time. Where do you think they get this knowledge from? They are just human like us then how do they get so enlightened on a subject and make such profound statements? The answer is pretty simple. They make an effort to learn and dare to venture into a less explored territory. One of the key ingredients to that is ‘reading’. Most of them are avid readers. You can be too.
Here is a list of books people like Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Mark Cuban have read on Artificial Intelligence.
1. Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence
The book has been written by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom and it argues that if machine brains surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could replace humans as the dominant life-form on Earth.
Not just Bill Gates, even Elon Musk wants you to read this one if you want to better grasp AI.
Musk tweeted on Aug 3, 2014, “Worth reading Super intelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
2. Pedro Domingos’ The Master Algorithm
The author writes, “If it exists, the Master Algorithm can derive all knowledge in the world—past, present, and future—from data. Inventing it would be one of the greatest advances in the history of science.”
This is the book both Bill Gates and Mark Cuban wants you to read.
Mark says, “It’s a very readable guide to how all the different forms of artificial intelligence work and how they can impact each of us and our environment now and long-term.”
3. Our Final Invention by James Barrat
This book discusses the potential benefits and possible risks of human-level or super-human artificial intelligence. The author says, those supposed risks include extermination of the human race.
Elon tweeted on Aug 3, 2014, “While on the subject of AI risk, Our Final Invention by James Barrat is also worth reading.”
4. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
This book by an MIT professor is more optimistic towards AI and stresses how we can keep AI beneficial to humankind.
Elon tweeted on Aug 29, 2014, “Worth reading Life 3.0 by @Tegmark. AI will be the best or worst thing ever for humanity, so let’s get it right.”
What’s your take on AI? Tell us more about the other books you have read on AI.
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