Architects of Intelligence
The Truth About AI from the People Building It
We’ve known for a long time that robots have replaced a majority of manual labor jobs. But they are now taking over complex jobs we previously thought only humans could do. In Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford looks at how the accelerating pace of new technologies will change, for better and worse, the economy, the job market, the education system, and society at large.
“In his newest book, Architects of Intelligence, Martin Ford provides us with an invaluable opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent thought leaders about the emerging fields of science that are shaping our future.”— Al Gore, Former VP of the United States and Nobel Prize-winning Environmentalist
In a front page feature in The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Ehrenrich writes that Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots is “both a humbling book and, in the best sense, a humble one”. Rise received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year. Ford, a software entrepreneur and TED mainstage speaker, has made a thorough study of AI’s economic consequences, in language that’s at once enlightening and helpful. Ford’s most recent book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI From the People Building It, investigates the evolution of AI and the major innovations on the horizon. What is the path toward human-level machine intelligence? What should we be concerned about as AI advances? Architects features Ford’s wide-ranging conversations with twenty-three of the world’s foremost researchers and entrepreneurs working in AI and robotics, including Ray Kurzweil, Fei-Fei Li, Geoffrey Hinton, and pathbreaking senior leaders at Google, Facebook, McKinsey, DeepMind, Stanford, MIT, and others.
Ford is a researcher whose unique insights into the increased mechanization of work across various fields, and the rise of increasingly capable “information technology,” has shed new light on the nature of work and education and the value of “human” capabilities in the 21st century. He is also the consulting expert for Societe Generale’s new “Rise of the Robots” equity index, which is focused specifically on investing in companies that will be significant participants in the artificial intelligence and robotics revolution.
“No one who cares about the future of human dignity can afford to skip [Rise of the Robots].”— Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget
Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of three books: Architects of Intelligence, the New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. He has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA. He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. Ford has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC.