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  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847942142
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $35.00

The Genius Makers

Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, and the Race for Artificial Intelligence




The definitive account of the race to create artificial intelligence

The definitive account of the race to create artificial intelligence

'This colourful page-turner puts artificial intelligence into a human perspective . . . Metz explains this transformative technology and makes the quest thrilling.' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs___

Long dismissed as a technology of the distant future, artificial intelligence was a project once consigned to the fringes of the scientific community. Then two researchers changed everything. One was a 64-year-old computer science professor with a back problem so severe he could not drive or fly. The other was a 36-year-old neuroscientist and chess prodigy. Though they took very different paths, together they helped catapult AI to the forefront of our daily lives and, in the process, created a business worth billions.

This is the story of that technological revolution and of the arms race it has sparked among companies that range from Google to Facebook to OpenAI. It's the story of growing international rivalry to achieve major new breakthroughs. And it's a story that shows both the inventive best of humankind and its darker side, as advances have been counter-balanced by issues of prejudice, bias and the invasion of privacy.

New York Times Silicon Valley journalist Cade Metz draws on unparalleled access to all the major players to create an extraordinarily vivid account of a revolution over five decades in the making. And he poses the questions that will dominate the next half-century: where will AI take us next? Are systems with truly human intelligence on the horizon? And, if so, where does that leave us?

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'One day soon, when computers are safely driving our roads and speaking to us in complete sentences, we'll look back at Cade Metz's elegant, sweeping Genius Makers as their birth story - the Genesis for an age of sentient machines.' Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store and The Upstarts

  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847942142
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Cade Metz

Cade Metz is a Senior Staff Writer with Wired, the Condé Nast-owned technology, business, and culture magazine headquartered in San Francisco, where he covers Google, Facebook, artificial intelligence, bitcoin, and other cutting-edge stories. Previously, he was the US Editor of The Register, the London-based website that’s among the world’s most popular science and technology news publications. His Wired features on Google’s race to solve the ancient game of Go through artificial intelligence and on how Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are changing the face of disaster response were both cover stories. He has also appeared on NPR, CNBC and MSNBC.

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