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236 Cade Metz: Genius Makers

The race to create artificial intelligence, and the people and companies driving its development, from its early beginnings to its current state.

Cade Metz: Genius Makers


Genius Makers tells the story of the development of artificial intelligence, from its early beginnings to its current state, and the people and companies driving its advancement. The book explores the history and science behind AI, including the pioneers who paved the way, the technological breakthroughs that made it possible, and the ethical dilemmas and societal implications that arise from its use. The book is an eye-opening account of a field that is transforming our world, and the people who are shaping its future.


Title: Genius Makers

Author: Cade Metz

Publishing year: 2021

Publisher: Dutton

Length in hours: 9 hours and 59 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time, with the potential to revolutionize industries and change the way we live and work.
  2. The development of AI has been driven by a diverse group of pioneers, ranging from mathematicians and computer scientists to philosophers and linguists.
  3. Major technological breakthroughs, including the development of deep learning algorithms and the availability of massive amounts of data, have enabled rapid advances in AI.
  4. The use of AI raises significant ethical and societal concerns, including issues of privacy, bias, and accountability.
  5. The future of AI is uncertain, with potential applications ranging from life-saving medical breakthroughs to catastrophic misuse by authoritarian regimes.
Cade Metz: Genius Makers

5 funny quotes

  1. "AI researchers may be geniuses, but they're not always the most socially adept people."
  2. "For the average person, the concept of AI can be hard to grasp. For the average AI researcher, the concept of the average person can be hard to grasp."
  3. "AI may be the future, but it's still not very good at telling jokes."
  4. "AI may be smarter than humans, but it still can't love a good sunset."
  5. "AI may one day rule the world, but for now, it's still susceptible to being fooled by a simple optical illusion."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The notion that machines can think is one of the most influential and enduring ideas in the history of technology, and one of the most contentious."
  2. "The story of AI is not just a story of machines, but of the people who created them and the society that shaped them."
  3. "The genius makers of AI are engineering systems that are more complex than anything humanity has ever built before, and they are doing it at a breakneck pace."
  4. "AI is an industry in which the competition is so intense that the race to the top can feel like a race to the bottom."
  5. "The question is not whether AI will transform the world, but how we will transform the world with AI."

5 dilemmas

  1. The ethical and societal implications of AI, including issues of privacy, bias, and accountability.
  2. The potential for AI to automate jobs and replace human labor, raising questions about the future of work.
  3. The race to develop AI and the potential for global competition and conflict.
  4. The need to balance the potential benefits of AI, such as improved healthcare and scientific research, with the potential risks of misuse or unintended consequences.
  5. The debate over whether AI will ultimately be a force for good or a threat to humanity.

5 examples

  1. Google's DeepMind, a leading AI research lab that has made significant breakthroughs in areas such as speech recognition and game playing.
  2. Demis Hassabis, a former child prodigy who co-founded DeepMind and has been instrumental in its success.
  3. OpenAI, a nonprofit AI research organization founded by luminaries such as Elon Musk and Sam Altman.
  1. IBM's Watson, a computer system that uses AI and natural language processing to analyze large amounts of data and answer questions.
  2. AlphaGo, an AI program developed by Google's DeepMind that famously defeated a world champion at the board game Go.

Referenced books

  1. "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
  2. "Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" by Max Tegmark
  3. "The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World" by Pedro Domingos
  4. "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  5. "AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order" by Kai-Fu Lee

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