Reviews

  • Surely the most important book on AI this year.

    Ian Sample, The Guardian, Book of the Day
  • A brilliantly clear and fascinating exposition of the history of computing thus far, and how very difficult true AI will be to build.

    Steven Poole, The Spectator
  • Fascinating and significant.

    James McConnachie, The Sunday Times
  • Worth reading Human Compatible by Stuart Russell (he's great!) about future AI risks and solutions.

    Elon Musk, Twitter
  • A thought-provoking and highly readable account of the past, present and future of AI . . . Russell deploys a bracing intellectual rigour . . . but a laconic style and dry humour keep his book accessible to the lay reader.

    The Financial Times
  • It's asking a lot of a book about the potential end of civilisation to be strewn with humour and wry asides, but this is what Russell manages . . . it's worth sticking with, for the sake of the species.

    Best Science, Nature and Ideas Books of 2019, The Guardian
  • An excellent, nuanced history.

    The Telegraph, Best New Science Books for Christmas
  • Russell is an assiduous and conscientious scholar ... [he] provides a wealth of information. This is one of those intellectual voyages where both the journey and the destination matter.

    John Naughton, The Literary Review
  • This is the most important book I have read in quite some time. It lucidly explains how the coming age of artificial super-intelligence threatens human control. Crucially, it also introduces a novel solution and a reason for hope.

    Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of 'Thinking, Fast and Slow'
  • Of the many books published this year on artificial intelligence, this is probably the best. Stimulating and scary stuff.

    Best Books of 2019: Technology, The Financial Times