10 Books on Artificial Intelligence

We now live in a world where artificial intelligence is not only possible, but also flourishing. The possibilities of A.I. seem limitless, and its use in our daily lives inevitable. But just how much can robots affect our lives and our industries? Here are ten books that reveal the history and future of A.I. in our world.

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How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

by Ray Kurzweil

Author Ray Kurzweil dissects the human mind in his book How to Create a Mind. He studies how the brain’s neocortex works and applies it to artificial thinking, which in his view can create highly intelligent machines. This is a book for those fascinated with the intersection of human thought and A.I. capabilities.

The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements

by Nils J. Nilsson

For people who are intrigued by how the emergence of artificial intelligence came about, Nils J. Nilsson’s The Quest for Artificial Intelligence gives readers the history of A.I. The book gives simple and easy-to-understand descriptions of many A.I. programs in use today to help the reader grasp the complexity of this technology.

AI and Analytics: Accelerating Business Decisions

by Sameer Dhanrajani

Sameer Dhanrajani’s book on the impact of A.I. on businesses focuses on artificial intelligence strategies that business leaders can utilize in their enterprises. Written with the CxO in mind, the book includes a primer on how to use A.I. for end-to-end transformative impact. Dhanrajani also included important aspects of blockchain and cryptocurrency to keep the modern CxO in step with new technologies.

The Industries of the Future

by Alec Ross

In his book, Alec Ross examines what future industries will be like, using information he has gathered from his years traveling all over the world as the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Innovation. His international database has allowed him to see how artificial intelligence will shape our global future and its industries, and he answers and posits key questions about A.I. in work, education, and even war.

Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation

by Terri Favro

Take a step back from the more serious books and read Terri Favro’s Generation Robot. Favro has cleverly blended science fiction and pop culture with the facts of artificial intelligence to unravel our decades-long relationship with robots and machines. This is a must-read for those who are interested in robotics and A.I. but have neither the mathematical nor the scientific background to understand A.I.’s technicalities.

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The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment

by Martin Ford

Unemployment is perhaps one of the biggest issues in the artificial intelligence sphere. Using economic data, Martin Ford paints a bleak future where A.I. eventually takes over many middle-class jobs. Ford calls for a significant restructuring of our governments and systems in order to prepare for this highly possible “jobless future.”

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

In contrast to Ford’s book, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee give a more positive perspective on the effect of artificial intelligence on the economy. Though they also believe that A.I. will have tremendous negative impact on jobs and wages, they also believe in a future with “immense bounty,” something that can benefit all of us if we prepare accordingly.


by William Gibson

A thrilling science-fiction book from the 1980s, William Gibson’s Neuromancer is a complex novel that has eerily predicted the future with cyberspace and hackers. The book is about a “data-thief” (read: hacker) named Case who was recruited for one last job to target a powerful Artificial Intelligence. Readers have both praised and critiqued the book for being complex and somewhat convoluted.

I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov

This collection of nine short stories introduced the world to the three laws of robotics put forth by author Isaac Asimov. I, Robot is an easy read that will make you think about the future of humanity in a world where artificial intelligence pervades almost every aspect of our daily lives.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

by Philip K. Dick

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner was loosely based on this Philip K. Dick book. Though first published in 1968, the author was well ahead of his time, writing about rogue androids that blend in with the rest of humankind. The book is more thought provoking and less action-packed than the movie, but still packs a punch.

This list of the top ten books on artificial intelligence may at times make your spine tingle with the possibilities of a future where robots become an overarching part of our world. At the same time, these books are worth reading to understand the intricacies of A.I. and how we can prepare for this future.

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