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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Rise of the Robots shows what happens as AI takes over our lives.

If you have a smartphone, you have AI in your pocket. AI is impossible to avoid online. And it has already changed everything from how doctors diagnose disease to how you interact with friends or read the news. But in Rule of the Robots, Martin Ford argues that the true revolution is yet to come. 

In this sequel to his prescient New York Times best seller Rise of the Robots, Ford presents us with a striking vision of the very near future. He argues that AI is a uniquely powerful technology that is altering every dimension of human life, often for the better. For example, advanced science is being done by machines, solving devilish problems in molecular biology that humans could not, and AI can help us fight climate change or the next pandemic. It also has a capacity for profound harm. Deep fakes - AI-generated audio or video of events that never happened - are poised to cause havoc throughout society. AI empowers authoritarian regimes like China with unprecedented mechanisms for social control. And AI can be deeply biased, learning bigoted attitudes from us and perpetuating them. 

In short, this is not a technology to simply embrace or let others worry about. The machines are coming, and they won’t stop, and each of us needs to know what that means if we are to thrive in the 21st century. And Rule of the Robots is the essential guide to all of it: both AI and the future of our economy, our politics, our lives.  

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©2021 Martin Ford (P)2021 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

“Probably the most compelling single-volume book so far on AI’s advance and the opportunities and challenges associated with its multi-faceted impact on the world. Those in AI and those outside it will get a lot out of his clear-eyed and critical perspective. I highly recommend it.”  (James Manyika, chairman and director of the McKinsey Global Institute)

“There is no technology more important today than AI. Martin Ford continues his tradition of clear insights and observations about this important topic in a well-researched page-turner. A delightful book!” (Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab and coauthor of The Second Machine Age)

“The best up-to-date, go-to book on the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence.” (Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University)

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Great listen on a solo road trip

I found it well structured and very informative without talking too technically.

Great relevant and current information on the deep learning environment and trajectory.

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Fantastic Fruit Salad

This book stood out as one about connection vs. prediction. The attorney does a great job for following up on many points made in Rise of the Robots, while throwing in more pertinent & time sensitive post Corona issues.

I appreciated the constant call back to modern companies, technologies and people influencing AI in our world.

This book did not break new ground. It made the road we are seeing before us a little more organized.

Cheers

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