Architects of Intelligence
The Truth About AI from the People Building It
As machines get better at thinking and learning, they will take over jobs once thought to be “uniquely human” at an accelerating rate. Martin Ford—a McKinsey award-winning author and TED mainstage speaker with millions of views—explains why past solutions aren’t enough to combat this technological disruption. A leader in the robotics revolution, Ford lays out ambitious economic plans to protect our prosperity, well-being, 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 cover story feature for The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Ehrenreich writes that Rise of the Robots is “both a humbling book and, in the best sense, a humble one. Ford, a software entrepreneur who both understands the technology and has made a thorough study of its economic consequences, never succumbs to the obvious temptation to overdramatize or exaggerate.” Clearly written, powerfully argued, and massively influential, Rise was a New York Times bestseller, and named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year. Ford’s most recent book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI From the People Building It, features conversations with 23 of the world’s foremost AI researchers and machine learning entrepreneurs. Senior leaders at Google, Facebook, McKinsey, Stanford, and MIT discuss with Ford the evolution of AI—and the major innovations on the horizon. What is the path toward human-level machine intelligence? And what should we be concerned about as AI advances?
Ford is a researcher whose unique insights into the increased mechanization of work, and the rise information technology, has shed new light on the nature of work, education, and the value of “human” capabilities in the 21st century. He is the consulting expert for Societe Generale’s new “Rise of the Robots” equity index, which focuses 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. He has also written for notable publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Fiscal Times, and appeared on radio and television programs on NPR and CNBC. Ford has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and a graduate business degree from UCLA.