Genius makers : the mavericks who brought A.I. to Google, Facebook, and the world

by Metz, Cade,

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"This colorful page-turner puts artificial intelligence into a human perspective. Through the lives of Geoff Hinton and other major players, Metz explains this transformative technology and makes the quest thrilling."
--Walter Isaacson, author of The Code Breaker

Recipient of starred reviews in both Kirkus and Library Journal


What does it mean to be smart? To be human? What do we really want from life and the intelligence we have, or might create?

With deep and exclusive reporting, across hundreds of interviews, New York Times Silicon Valley journalist Cade Metz brings you into the rooms where these questions are being answered. Where an extraordinarily powerful new artificial intelligence has been built into our biggest companies, our social discourse, and our daily lives, with few of us even noticing.

Long dismissed as a technology of the distant future, artificial intelligence was a project consigned to the fringes of the scientific community. Then two researchers changed everything. One was a sixty-four-year-old computer science professor who didn't drive and didn't fly because he could no longer sit down--but still made his way across North America for the moment that would define a new age of technology. The other was a thirty-six-year-old neuroscientist and chess prodigy who laid claim to being the greatest game player of all time before vowing to build a machine that could do anything the human brain could do.

They took two very different paths to that lofty goal, and they disagreed on how quickly it would arrive. But both were soon drawn into the heart of the tech industry. Their ideas drove a new kind of arms race, spanning Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and OpenAI, a new lab founded by Silicon Valley kingpin Elon Musk. But some believed that China would beat them all to the finish line.

Genius Makers dramatically presents the fierce conflict among national interests, shareholder value, the pursuit of scientific knowledge, and the very human concerns about privacy, security, bias, and prejudice. Like a great Victorian novel, this world of eccentric, brilliant, often unimaginably yet suddenly wealthy characters draws you into the most profound moral questions we can ask. And like a great mystery, it presents the story and facts that lead to a core, vital question:

How far will we let it go?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the late 1950s, Frank Rosenblatt debuted the Mark I Perceptron, an early neural network that could learn to recognize marked cards. The Perceptron was the first foray into artificial intelligence, but was met with derision by other scientists. The field stagnated until the 1980s, when a new wave of researchers including Geoff Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Yoshua Bengio began making strides in what became known as "deep learning." Decades later, major tech companies such as Google and Facebook began developing their own research labs to compete in the AI field. In Genius Makers, journalist Metz chronicles the history of artificial intelligence through the people who built it. Metz explores celebrated milestones of AI, such as DeepMind's AlphaGo computer program defeat of champion Go player Lee Sedol in 2016. While the technology promises extensive benefits, recent controversies around facial recognition software, learned racial and gender bias in AI, and autonomous weapons have brought the ethical implications of AI to the forefront. With well-crafted storytelling and extensive research, Metz captures the thrill and promise of technological innovation."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Artificial intelligence -- Industrial applications -- History.
Intelligent personal assistants (Computer software) -- History.
Machine learning -- Research -- History.
Computer scientists -- Biography.
Publisher [New York, New York?] :Dutton,2021
Language English
Description xi, 371 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-356) and index.
ISBN 9781524742676
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