10 Insightful AI Books To Read in 2021

Want to improve your understanding and skills in the AI/ML domain this year? Check out these 10 best books published over the past two years that offer deep insights into the fundamentals and applications of AI.

Over the past two years, we’ve seen the release of many books that provide deep insights about the fundamental concepts, technical process, and applications of artificial intelligence. This list highlights books authored by renowned computer scientists and practitioners who are entrenched in the AI industry. No matter you are a researcher, an engineer, or a business professional in the AI/ML domain, your are bound to find a few interesting books to add to your reading list this year!

Rebooting AI (2019)

Author: Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis

In this book, professors at New York University Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis explain the technological and theoretical gap between creating successful AI which is constrained to a fixed set of rules (or a fixed environment), and creating successful AI which can effectively interact with the complexities and intricacies of an open world. This book is for researchers and entrepreneurs who want to make practical predictions on the immediate future of AI. Gary Marcus is a Professor of Psychology and Neural Science and CEO of Robust.AI, and Ernest Davis is a Professor of Computer Science. Noam Chomsky reviewed this book, saying it is “lucid and deeply informed, from a critical but sympathetic perspective”.

Learn more about the book here. Watch Marcus’ presentation on the book here.

Rebooting AI (2019)

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (2020)

Author: Melanie Mitchell

Much like the previous book, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, Melanie Mitchell, provides insights into where the AI industry is heading, however she goes into explicit detail about what AI is, what it is not, and the technology’s history. Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind commented on this book saying “if you think you understand AI and all of the related issues, you don’t. By the time you finish this exceptionally lucid and riveting book you will breathe more easily and wisely”. This book is designed for engineers and researchers.

Buy the book here and watch Mitchell’s presentation on the book here.

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (2020)

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