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The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by [Domingos, Pedro]
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The holy grail of computer science is a machine that can teach itself, as we humans do, from experience. Machine learning could help us do everything from curing cancer to building humanoid robots. Pedro Domingos demystifies machine learning and shows how wondrous and exciting the future will be -- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators Machine learning is a fascinating world never before glimpsed by outsiders. Pedro Domingos initiates you to the mysterious languages spoken by its five tribes, and invites you to join in his plan to unite them, creating the most powerful technology our civilization has ever seen -- Sebastian Seung, Professor, Princeton, and author of 'Connectome' Machine learning, known in commercial use as predictive analytics, is changing the world. This riveting, far-reaching, and inspiring book introduces the deep scientific concepts to even non-technical readers, and yet also satisfies experts with a fresh, profound perspective that reveals the most promising research directions. It's a rare gem indeed -- Eric Siegel, founder of Predictive Analytics World and author of 'Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die' With terms like 'Machine Learning' and 'Big Data' regularly making headlines, there is no shortage of hype-filled business books on the subject. There are also textbooks that are too technical to be accessible. For those in the middle-from executives to college students-this is the ideal book, showing how and why things really work without the heavy math. Unlike other books that proclaim a bright future, this one actually gives you what you need to understand the changes that are coming -- Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google and coauthor of 'Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach' [The Master Algorithm] does a good job of examining the field's five main techniques...The subject is meaty and the author ... has a knack for introducing concepts at the right moment Economist Machine learning is the single most transformative technology that will shape our lives over the next fifteen years. This book is a must-read-a bold and beautifully written new framework for looking into the future -- Geoffrey Moore, author of 'Crossing the Chasm' This is an incredibly important and useful book. Machine learning is already critical to your life and work, and will only become more so. Finally, Pedro Domingos has written about it in a clear and understandable fashion -- Thomas H. Davenport, Distinguished Professor, Babson College and author of 'Competing on Analytics and Big Data @ Work' Starting with the audacious claim that all knowledge can be derived from data by a single 'master algorithm,' Domingos takes the reader on a fast-paced journey through the brave new world of machine learning. Writing breezily but with deep authority, Domingos is the perfect tour guide from whom you will learn everything you need to know about this exciting field, and a surprising amount about science and philosophy as well -- Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, and author of 'Six Degrees and Everything Is Obvious *Once You Know the Answer' A delightful book by one of the leading experts in the field. If you wonder how AI will change your life, read this book -- Sebastian Thrun, Research Professor, Stanford, Google Fellow and Inventor of the Self-Driving Car An exhilarating venture into groundbreaking computer science Booklist (starred review) Pedro Domingos is a man with a quest, and a hypothesis, which is likely - one day - to change the world ... Domingos is a genial and amusing guide ... This is a highly inclusive book, aimed at a wide range of readers from the merely curious to those who might be interested in pursuing a career in the field ... Descriptions and discussions are presented with a commendable lack of jargon and the examples are clear and accessible -- John Gilbey Times Higher Education Wonderfully erudite, humorous, and easy to read. KDNuggets

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Algorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. More and more, these algorithms work by learning from the trails of data we leave in our newly digital world. Like curious children, they observe us, imitate, and experiment. And in the world’s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.

Machine learning is the automation of discovery—the scientific method on steroids—that enables intelligent robots and computers to program themselves. No field of science today is more important yet more shrouded in mystery. Pedro Domingos, one of the field’s leading lights, lifts the veil for the first time to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He charts a course through machine learning’s five major schools of thought, showing how they turn ideas from neuroscience, evolution, psychology, physics, and statistics into algorithms ready to serve you. Step by step, he assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner—the Master Algorithm—and discusses what it means for you, and for the future of business, science, and society.

If data-ism is today’s rising philosophy, this book will be its bible. The quest for universal learning is one of the most significant, fascinating, and revolutionary intellectual developments of all time. A groundbreaking book, The Master Algorithm is the essential guide for anyone and everyone wanting to understand not just how the revolution will happen, but how to be at its forefront.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5099 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (Sept. 22 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012271YB2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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I have been in AI for more than 40 years. I know, I know, I am old, and I have seen just about everything in this area of science. My 1985 Ph.D. was one of the first in the area of Associative Memories (a field related to earlier AI ideas). That said, this book has quickly become my favorite! So concise, so clear and clever! If you want to understand where we are in the AI research these days, READ THIS BOOK! Read it and then take Pedro Domingo's COURSERA video course! I do not want to spoil your enjoyment by telling you much about the Master Algorithm, but what I can tell you is that it reads like Da Vinci Code! It is full of humor and intrigue. Wonderful book from a rising star in machine learning!
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Enormously clever and quite well written. I was surprised at how good the book was, as I expected just another rehash of 'received ideas'. There is good, original thinking here.
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I had to stop reading this. Not very good for a lay person, even though they try and keep things simple. Just not engaging.
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Rather (very) long-winded but a lot of good examples and info.
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A recent keynote presentation at the World Computing Congress spoke of a coming digital quake driven by disruptive megatrends. Leading this disruption and present in just about every disruptor is machine learning. You experience machine learning every day when you search on Google or receive ads from Amazon. Facebook is a heavy user of machine learning and if you ever wondered just how marketers knew you had visited a holiday destination website and are now sending you daily ads of specials to that destination….machine learning. The Master Algorithm is a gift to the world from the world’s leading authority on Machine Learning. Despite being among the most elite, award winning, scientists, researchers, and academics on the planet the author uses an engaging non-technical writing style to make machine learning understandable for all. This book is a must read for every business, government, and education leader. If you do not develop an understanding of machine learning you will be left behind. In fact every citizen should read this book. Machine learning is already everywhere and its power is increasing daily. You need to understand it as it has real impact on your life and the lives of those you love. If you really want to fully enjoy The Master Algorithm I suggest pairing it with an interview conducted with the author by multiple award winning innovator, writer, speaker, and industry analyst Stephen Ibaraki. You can download the podcast at http://stephenibaraki.com/cips/v0815/pedro_domingos.html. Machine learning is one of the most significant megatrends of this century. Reading The Master Algorithm will ensure you understand it and are ready to fully participate in the amazing future it will bring.
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