Gary Marcus, Ernest Davis – Rebooting AI


Two leaders in the field offer a compelling analysis of the current state of the art and reveal the steps we must take to achieve a truly robust artificial intelligence.

Despite the hype surrounding AI, creating an intelligence that rivals or exceeds human levels is far more complicated than we have been led to believe. Professors Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis have spent their careers at the forefront of AI research and have witnessed some of the greatest milestones in the field, but they argue that a computer beating a human in Jeopardy!does not signal that we are on the doorstep of fully autonomous cars or superintelligent machines. The achievements in the field thus far have occurred in closed systems with fixed sets of rules, and these approaches are too narrow to achieve genuine intelligence.

The real world, in contrast, is wildly complex and open-ended. How can we bridge this gap? What will the consequences be when we do? Taking inspiration from the human mind, Marcus and Davis explain what we need to advance AI to the next level, and suggest that if we are wise along the way, we won’t need to worry about a future of machine overlords. If we focus on endowing machines with common sense and deep understanding, rather than simply focusing on statistical analysis and gathering ever-larger collections of data, we will be able to create an AI we can trust – in our homes, our cars, and our doctors’ offices.Rebooting AI provides a lucid, clear-eyed assessment of the current science and offers an inspiring vision of how a new generation of AI can make our lives better.

Author: Gary Marcus, Ernest Davis
Narrator: Kaleo Griffith
Duration: 7 hours 24 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2009
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

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After the last five years of deep learning hype in NLP, Marcus and Davis offer a refreshing and uplifting account of the real state of machine understanding and reasoning.

Full of pragmatic examples of how and why deep learning fails in NLP, it also offers different frameworks for how and where to start building actual systems that can understand.