Architects of Intelligence – Book Review

  • Author: Martin Ford
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (30 November 2018)
  • Language: English

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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?

Architects of Intelligence contains a series of in-depth, one-to-one interviews where New York Times bestselling author, Martin Ford, uncovers the truth behind these questions from some of the brightest minds in the Artificial Intelligence community.

My Review

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 complete solution. It is a compilation of open-ended conversations with the minds who are behind the rapid engineering of Artificial Intelligence. The author has squeezed his one to one interviews with brilliant brains involved in AI and has come up with this book. The book offers valuable insights into the realm of Artificial Intelligence with the views of the people who are pioneers in deep learning and the critics being elucidated and put forth clearly. And therefore, the book has several potential readers – be it the ones who are involved in technology or simply the ones who wish to acquire information. Even if a few terms may resemble the typical jargon, those are explained briefly at the very outset of the book.

The concept of Artificial General Intelligence intrigued me and so has been discussed widely in the book. While some interviewees were of the opinion that AI is going to positively mold our lives, there were several others who envisage it as a potential threat for the very human existence. There are layers to the AI which uncover themselves as we read through the minds of the people. It is fascinating to know about the deep learning which is again closely related to AGI. Deep Learning is deep because they added an ability to train deeper networks; they have more layers. 

It is true that Artificial Intelligence can cause harm but the truth has it that we humans created it in the first place. So, we should be the masters. There are risks associated with it, no doubt but it is our responsibility to be cautious with it. It doesn’t matter which culture will reach the pinnacle of fully exploiting AI but what is important is that we need to be judicious about its usage. Our primary objective should always be to make machines for helping us and not controlling us. The analysis is definitely crucial. We must ensure that the technology is put to good use and this, the book serves as fodder for our ever-running minds.

The book came to me in hardcover. It was a pleasure reading across the interviews of amazing people though I am not very much into technology(facepalms). Yet, I liked how much knowledge this book gives about the wide topic of AI. It is garnering so much attention globally and this book aids in understanding its present and future potential. The language, the presentation – everything is put forth wonderfully. One would be at ease while reading it!

And remember,

Just jump in the water and start swimming.

MY RATING: 4.5/ 5




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