Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.50

Buy for $24.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Gary Marcus (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Artificial intelligence is among the most consequential issues facing humanity, yet much of today’s commentary has been less than intelligent: awe-struck, credulous, apocalyptic, uncomprehending. Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis, experts in human and machine intelligence, lucidly explain what today’s AI can and cannot do, and point the way to systems that are less A and more I." (Steven Pinker, Johnstone professor of psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought)

"Finally, a book that tells us what AI is, what AI is not, and what AI could become if only we are ambitious and creative enough. No matter how smart and useful our intelligent machines are today, they don’t know what really matters. Rebooting AI dares to imagine machine minds that goes far beyond the closed systems of games and movie recommendations to become real partners in every aspect of our lives." (Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion and author of Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins)

"Finally, a book that says aloud what so many AI experts are really thinking. Every CEO should read it, and everyone else at the company, too. Then they’ll be able to separate the AI wheat from the chaff, and know where we are, how far we have to go, and how to get there." (Pedro Domingos, professor of computer science at the University of Washington and author of The Master Algorithm)

What listeners say about Rebooting AI

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    72
  • 4 Stars
    33
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    84
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Insightful & nuanced take on AI, cuts through hype

This is a very enjoyable book to read and offers a very nuanced view of the state of AI. Its great to read a book like this after the successful of "Superintelligence" earlier. This book present a real contrast to that work and to other works which really hype the promise and potential of AI.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Serious and thoughtful redirect for AI

I have been waiting for the industry to finally get critical with itself. Thanks for this thoughtful treatment of a subject that has had misleading and frothy treatment from the media, unrealistic and misguided expectation-setting from software vendors, and too little serious self examination from practitioners. The authors have set out a pretty good set of “functional requirements” for a generalized AI here. They’ve done a good job of articulating 1. Why the current data-driven deep learning cannot progress beyond simple and very narrow tasks, 2. A common sense understanding of the world is missing from these approaches 3. a conceptual faculty able to learn without 10,000 high quality labeled examples beforehand is needed; and 4. What potential corrective actions might be taken. Importantly, they have suggested a reunification of the two divergent AI traditions is ultimately what is needed to progress and fix the current course. Additionally they implied (or I read into it) that a more trans-disciplinary approach is needed, given the stated need for understanding the functionality of the brain, not just at a biological/ chemical level, but at a fundamental metaphysical / philosophical level. They paint a but challenging road forward, but “tough love” for AI is the only hope for the field, and so I say, thank you.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not very technical

I was hoping the author would eventually get into details of some machine learning algorithms, but this never happened. Just a 7 hours long rant about machine learning progress and its representation in the popular press.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Cuts Through the Massive Hype Behind ML

I have gone through dozens of books on technology and AI and this book was a refreshing breath of air. It cuts through much of the hype behind machine learning and other AI techniques and helps to frame a more realistic perspective of what has been achieved and what can be achieved with existing techniques. There is a lot of healthy criticism of the current state of AI research and many practical suggestions to address existing problems. This book is a must "read" for anyone who follows AI.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A must read for anyone in NLP

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.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Important topic made sound sooo boring

I really tried to get through this book. It's just so boring that I strongly recommend you choose another book.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Thomas Z. Ramsoy
  • Thomas Z. Ramsoy
  • 07-14-20

Great antidote to AI overselling

This book is a great alternative to the overselling of AI that we see so often today. No, there's not a robot overtaking on the way, and it's even likely that general AI is some time into the far future. Not as imminent as one might think. The reading is good and to the point, works well for high speed.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Olly Buxton
  • Olly Buxton
  • 09-19-19

The singularity is not so near after all.

A refreshing, thoughtful, well-argued plea for everyone to calm down about artificial intelligence. Compulsory reading.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for AR in Cambridgeshire
  • AR in Cambridgeshire
  • 09-17-19

very repetitive

many of the concepts are very interesting and well presented. however, it could have been half as long without imo loosing clarity or impact.