Book Review: The Master Algorithm

I’ve been waiting for good book that introduces the concepts of data science and machine learning for a lay audience. There’s so much being reported on these subjects nowadays that I’m sure many people are struggling to understand the underlying technology and its implications. We see talk about IBM’s Watson, the cognitive computing system once known for conquering Jeopardy!, now taking on the healthcare industry. And then there’s Google’s humanoid robot that just took its first step outdoors. “Machine learning,” “data science,” “big data,” and “artificial intelligence” dominate the headlines daily. The prominence of the subject especially is true when you read that luminaries like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are afraid of Killer AI … . As a machine learning practitioner, I’d like for the general public to understand…


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