The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

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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. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner--the Master Algorithm--and discusses what it will mean for business, science, and society. If data-ism is today's philosophy, this book is its bible.
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Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington. He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science. A fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, he lives near Seattle.
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Publisher
Basic Books
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Published on
Sep 22, 2015
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780465061921
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Business & Economics / Development / Business Development
Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Business & Economics / Forecasting
Business & Economics / Industries / Computers & Information Technology
Computers / History
Computers / Information Theory
Computers / Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
Computers / Logic Design
Computers / Machine Theory
Computers / Neural Networks
Computers / Reference
Computers / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
Mathematics / Probability & Statistics / Bayesian Analysis
Technology & Engineering / Automation
Technology & Engineering / Electronics / Digital
Technology & Engineering / Engineering (General)
Technology & Engineering / Inventions
Technology & Engineering / Machinery
Technology & Engineering / Robotics
Technology & Engineering / Social Aspects
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