Even though the term AI was minted in the year 1950, AI became a buzzword in the last decade or two. with many industries realizing the importance of introducing AI to their industries, some of them are still a step behind on that stairs, while some are still to climb the stairs. If you are still holding the "wait and see" approach to artificial intelligence, you may already lagging behind your associate in IT. according to a "Digital Trends" report, just 15 percent of enterprises are using AI, 31 percent said that it was on the agenda for the next 12 months. That number will only go up as machine learning and AI technology continues to change how we work, live, and think. Along these lines, Mary Meeker's 2018 Internet trends report cited AI as a hot growth area for IT spending.
There is plenty of hype-filled speculation about what the future of AI will look like. But most leaders just want to know what they can do now to better prepare themselves, their teams, and their businesses for what lies ahead.
Here are 10 books that will help you catch the hype train of Artificial Intelligence.
1. Artificial Intelligence: 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future
Book description (Amazon): "Artificial intelligence will help us do almost everything better, faster and cheaper, and it will profoundly change industries such as transportation, tourism, healthcare, education, retail, agriculture, finance, sales, and marketing. This book covers many fascinating and timely topics related to artificial intelligence, including self-driving cars, robots, chatbots, and how AI will impact the job market, business processes, and entire industries, just to name a few."
Why you should read it: When it comes to AI, there is no shortage of questions about how it will impact our future. This book can help you answer 101 of those questions. "A book to be read here and there," said one reviewer on Amazon. "Pick your most pertinent questions from the table of contents and read the chapters for inspiration."
2. HBR's 10 Must Reads on AI, Analytics, and the New Machine Age
Book description (Amazon): "If you read nothing else on how intelligent machines are revolutionizing business, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to reveal how these new technologies fit together, to explain what's coming next, and to help you prepare your company now."
Why you should read it: HBR's 10 Must Reads book series are great starting points for managers and leaders who want to learn more about a particular topic because they apply timeless advice to current issues leaders are facing. This collection prepares managers to lead people through the various changes AI will bring, including unmanned vehicles, AI assistants, augmented reality, and more.
3. Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook For Business Leaders
Book description (Amazon): "Applied Artificial Intelligence is a practical guide for business leaders who are passionate about leveraging machine intelligence to enhance the productivity of their organizations and the quality of life in their communities. If you want to drive innovation by combining data, technology, design, and people to solve real problems at an enterprise scale, this is your playbook."
Why you should read it: With a 95 percent 5-star rating on Amazon and rated a CES 2018 Top Technology Book of the Year, this buzzed-about book offers value to readers, whether your company is new to AI or already experimenting. One reader said "We do a lot of work with AI at my company, so I was surprised to find out that this book still contained a lot of useful information I didn't already know. Recommended if you want to cover your bases when it comes to AI for business."
4. Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
Book description (Amazon): "In 'Prediction Machines,' three eminent economists recast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. With this single, masterful stroke, they lift the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and show how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policy makers, investors, and entrepreneurs. When AI is framed as cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear."
Why you should read it: While much of the dialogue around artificial intelligence focuses on the future, this book dives into what we can do now. IT leaders are already accustomed to making decisions under uncertainty, and the predictive power of AI can make that task easier, say the authors of this book. If you've been in "waiting mode" for AI to change your industry, read this book for ideas on how to get started today.
5. AIQ: How People and Machines Are Smarter Together
Book description (Amazon): "Dozens of times per day, we all interact with intelligent machines that are constantly learning from the wealth of data now available to them. These machines, from smart phones to talking robots to self-driving cars, are remaking the world in the 21st century in the same way that the Industrial Revolution remade the world in the 19th century. AIQ is based on a simple premise: if you want to understand the modern world, then you have to know a little bit of the mathematical language spoken by intelligent machines. AIQ will teach you that language."
Why you should read it: Steven D. Levitt, co-author of "Freakonomics," called this the book about artificial intelligence. Other reviewers agree, citing the book's practical takeaways and the authors' ability to make complicated concepts accessible to all readers. Pick up this book if you want an enjoyable read that will leave you feeling inspired about the future of AI.
6. Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World
Book description (Amazon): "We are so eager to do everything digitally Ã?Â¢?? hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners Ã?Â¢?? that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work. Broussard, a software developer and journalist, reminds us that there are fundamental limits to what we can (and should) do with technology. With this book, she offers a guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology and issues a warning that we should never assume that computers always get things right."
Why you should read it: A book for anyone in your life who believes technology is always the solution. One reviewer writes: "It's always refreshing to read a solid critique by someone who clearly knows her tech. You shouldn't miss this book. Broussard masterfully mixes personal anecdote, deep insights about the limitations of AI technologies (the true kind, not the world-domination fantasies coming from Sci-Fi,) ethical discussion, social commentary, and tons of wit."
7. Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future
Book description (Amazon): "We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. In all three cases, the balance now favors the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives."
Why you should read it: Arianna Huffington calls this book "a road map for leaders to make wise choices as they navigate this new world." She writes, "The digital revolution we're entering can be unsettling, but McAfee and Brynjolfsson show how these incredibly powerful technologies will make our choices more important than ever." Moreover, these two authors are among the most respected researchers of how AI will impact employment, worldwide.
8. The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation
Book description (Amazon): "Looking past today's headlines, political scientist and cultural observer Darrell M. West argues that society needs to rethink the concept of jobs, reconfigure the social contract, move toward a system of lifetime learning, and develop a new kind of politics that can deal with economic dislocations. This book presents a number of proposals to help people deal with the transition from an industrial to a digital economy."
Why you should read it: If you are a manager of people, you need to be thinking about how the future of AI will impact the future of work and the people on your team. This book can help you think about your people and talent issues in the broader context of how society will change as machines get smarter.
9. 2062: The World that AI Made
Book description (Amazon): "The majority of experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics predict we are likely to have built machines as intelligent as us by the year 2062. What will the future look like when the quest to build intelligent machines has succeeded? Based on a deep understanding of the technology and its implications, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure a good future. He concludes that, if we plan well, the future past 2062 could be very bright indeed but we need to start making some difficult choices today."
Why you should read it: Available for order, this book promises to answer some pressing questions about AI, like "Will automation take away most of our jobs? When will we start to see this happen? Will inequality continue to increase? How can we prevent this? How will political debate adjust to the digital world?
10. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Book description (Amazon): "The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn't shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos."
Why you should read it: All of us as humans will be impacted by the future of AI. That's why, perhaps, one reviewer called this book a must-read for everyone on the planet. "The primary purpose of the book, in Tegmark's words, is to invite all of us to participate in setting goals for the development of artificial intelligence and, indeed, the future of scientific inquiry. It is rare that someone of Tegmark's standing in the scientific community invites us into the tent and as I read the book I felt an overwhelming sense of obligation to oblige the request. This book, I think, is that important," the reviewer states.