From drones to self-driving cars to caring robots, artificial intelligence is becoming woven into our lives at a rapidly accelerating pace. With its roots back to Alan Turing in the 1950's, artificial intelligence today has become increasingly sophisticated—where machines were once used to perform simple tasks, they are increasingly being designed with more human-like traits.
If you know little about artificial intelligence and need to get up to speed, here are seven books that can help you get some important evolving field.
1. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (2005) by Raymond Kurzweil
2. Designing Sociable Robots (2002) by Cynthia Breazeal
3. Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015) by David A. Mindell
4. The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind (2006) by Marvin Minsky
5. Artificial Life: A Report from the Frontier Where Computers Meet Biology (1992) by Steven Levy
6. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014) by Nick Bostrom
7. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era (2013) by James Barrat