Bill Gates has been excited about artificial intelligence since about when he started exploring his own vast human intelligence. “The dream is almost here,” Gates says now. It’s a statement that thrills some people while it gives others fits of terror as they imagine a world run by superintelligent computers to whom humans are subservient beings. The best way to combat fear — especially about something that is definitely coming — is to face it with knowledge.
So Bill Gates has been reading a lot about Artificial Intelligence. And he’s curated a slim list of two must-reads if you want to understand what’s going on and what’s coming. Here they are:
- The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
- Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom