The Master Algorithm

Since becoming general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, Xi Jinping has laid out a raft of ambitious plans for the country, many of them rooted in technology. He told a meeting of the Chinese Academy of Sciences that technology was the key to achieving “the great goal of building a socialist and modernized nation.” In January, when he addressed the nation on television, the bookshelves on either side of him contained both classic titles such as Das Kapital and a few new additions, including two books about artificial intelligence: Pedro Domingos’s The Master Algorithm and Brett King’s Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane. [Christina Larson]

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