The Best Books On Technology and Artificial Intelligence

January 3, 2022 12:49 PM

Technology dominates our lives and algorithms have crept into workplaces, streets, feeds and every corner possible. And until you have been living under a rock, we are sure you have heard that the latest in technology is artificial intelligence.

Even if you are not a tech person and are run miles away when someone starts talking about machine learning, technology, and other high-tech terms, we are sure you would have read and heard about artificial intelligence and how it is the next big thing. No matter what business, sector, or work you do, technology is the need of the hour, and artificial intelligence and data science are slowly making their way into everything.

In fact, every industry is now looking at embracing technology and AI to move ahead and understand that this is what it will take in the future.

So, no matter how far you want to run from tech, this is the future. And if you are someone who already loves everything related to technology and AI, then even better. Here is a list of the best books on technology and AI for you to read and find out more about them!

1. The Atlas of AI by Kate Crawford

Award-winning scholar, Kate Crawford’s The Atlas of AI is a different take on AI that is drawn from more than a decade of research. She reveals how AI is basically a technology of extraction from every expression and action. Crawford offers a political perspective and tells us what it takes to make AI and how it is central to everything in power. This book will give you an account of how everything in the world from, politics, power to planetary motions is at stake as companies use artificial intelligence to reshape the world!

2. My Secret EdTech Diary by AI Kingsley

My Secret EdTech Diary aims to get you thinking about the role of educational technology in the past, present, and future of our educational system. With 30+ years of experience in developing and using EdTech products, this book shows the history of EdTech, the lessons learned especially from pre and post COVID times, and compels you to ask the right questions before you pursue your digital ambitions.

This book comes complete with links to all the research, inputs from trusted peers and checklists, and more. It will get you up to speed with everything about EdTech!

3. The Soul Of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder

A must-read for anyone who loves technology or works in technology, this book is all about technology and its rise. A Pulitzer Prize winner and rightly so, Kidder beautifully captures the struggle between management and the creators that makes this tale fascinating. First published in 1981, the writer also explains the intense pressure on engineers and the constant time crunch that they are put through, and all the dangers of burnout!

4. Voices From The Valley by Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel

Coming from the founders of Logic, the small and interesting technology magazine, the Voices From The Valley is a tell-all book from the tech workers behind the platforms in Silicon Valley. The authors have done a fabulous job of interviewing folks and weaving it into a direction where it grabs the reader's attention.

5. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence by Philip C Jackson

While the name suggests otherwise, this book is ideal for both lay readers and experts in computer science. The updated edition includes extensive new text, conceptual graphs, and explains artificial intelligence in the 21st century. With easy-to-read discussions, combined with illustrations and photographs, this book explores and explains AI extensively and explores the idea of human-level artificial intelligence. The author has a Ph.D. for a thesis on artificial intelligence.

6. The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil

If you are going to read only one book on technology and artificial intelligence, then it has to be from Ray Kurzweil! This is one of the best ones on this list and rightly so! The bestselling author of How To Create A Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines (both of which are amazing books), Ray Kurzweil creates a radical and optimistic view of artificial intelligence towards the future of human development.

7. Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry

There are two ways people usually look at artificial intelligence – paradise on earth or human kinds imminent extinction. This fascinating book talks about the power and limitations of artificial intelligence and algorithms and how it dominates and automates important life-changing decisions in healthcare, crime, commerce, and other industries. It talks about the world run by code and while Hannah Fry is truly entertaining, she always leaves you thinking and discussing the possibilities.

We hope you find this list useful and yes, obviously there are many other good and informative books out there as well that you can explore. One thing that we can say for sure is that artificial intelligence is here to stay and you will surely want to find out more about it!

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