Advance Praise for Rebooting AI
Artificial intelligence is among the most consequential issues facing
humanity, yet much of today’s commentary has been less than intelligent:
awe-struck, credulous, apocalyptic, uncomprehending. Gary Marcus and
Ernest Davis, experts in human and machine intelligence, lucidly explain
what today’s AI can and cannot do, and point the way to systems that
are less A and more I.
— Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought
Artificial intelligence is here to stay. ...
This lucid and deeply informed account,
from a critical but sympathetic perspective, is a valuable guide to
developments that will surely have a major impact on the social order
and intellectual culture.
— Noam Chomsky
When I was a child I saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" and then read everything
I could about A.I. All the smart people said it was 20 years away.
Twenty years later I was an adult and the smart people said that A.I.
was 20 years away. Twenty years after that we passed 2001 and the smart
people said it was about 20 years away. ...
Now is the time to listen to smarter people — in
Rebooting AI, Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis do a great job separating
truth from bullshit to understand why we might not have real A.I. in
twenty years and what we can do to get way closer.
— Penn Jillette
A must read for anyone who cares about the future of artificial
intelligence, filled with masterful storytelling and clear and easy to
— Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets: Making smart decisions when you don't have all the facts
Finally, a book that tells us what AI is, what AI is not, and what AI
could become if only we are ambitious and creative enough.
Rebooting AI dares to imagine machine minds that
go far beyond the closed systems of games and movie recommendations
to become real partners in every aspect of our lives.
— Garry Kasparov, Former World Chess Champion and author of Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
Every tech CEO should read Rebooting AI
and everyone else at the company,
too. Then they’ll be able to separate the AI wheat from the chaff, and
know where we are, how far we have to go, and how to get there.
— Pedro Domingos, Professor of computer science at the University of Washington and author of The Master Algorithm
Rebooting AI is a blast to read. It's erudite, it's witty,
and it neatly unpacks why today's AI has such trouble doing truly
smart tasks -- and what it'll take to reach that goal.
— Clive Thompson, Wired magazine columnist and author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
A welcome antidote to the hype that has engulfed AI over the past decade and a realistic look at how far AI and robotics still have to go.
— Rodney Brooks, former director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
AI is achieving superhuman performance in many narrow applications, but
the reality is that we are still very far from artificial general
intelligence that truly understands the world. Marcus and Davis explain
the pitfalls of current approaches with humor and insight, and provide
a compelling path toward the kind of robust AI that can earn our trust.
— Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at MIT and co-author of The Second Machine Age and Machine / Platform / Crowd
Will machines overtake humans in the foreseeable future, or is it just
hype? Marcus and Davis lay out their answer with elegant prose and a
sure quill, drawing the distinction between today’s deep-learning based
narrow, brittle artificial “intelligence” and the ever-elusive artificial
general intelligence. Common sense and trust, which are intrinsically
human, emerge as grand challenges for the field. If you plan to read
one book to keep up with AI—this is an outstanding choice!
— Oren Etzioni, CEO of Allen institute for AI & Professor of computer science at University of Washington