10 Must-Read AI Books for Product, Design, and Customer Success Team

Dec 28, 2023

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach

Stuart Russell, Peter Norvig

Goodreads – 4.19

For one or two-semester, undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Artificial Intelligence. The long-anticipated revision of this best-selling text offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the theory and practice of artificial intelligence.

Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

Christopher M. Bishop

Goodreads – 4.32

This textbook explores the convergence of pattern recognition and machine learning, tracing their origins in engineering and computer science, respectively. It covers recent developments such as the mainstream adoption of Bayesian methods, the emergence of graphical models as a versatile framework, and the practical enhancements in Bayesian techniques through approximate inference algorithms, making it suitable for advanced undergraduates, early-stage PhD students, researchers, and practitioners with minimal prior knowledge in these fields but a basic understanding of calculus, linear algebra, and some probability theory.

Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World

Cade Metz

Goodreads – 4.28

Genius Makers dramatically presents the fierce conflict among national interests, shareholder value, the pursuit of scientific knowledge, and the very human concerns about privacy, security, bias, and prejudice. Like a great Victorian novel, this world of eccentric, brilliant, often unimaginably yet suddenly wealthy characters draws you into the most profound moral questions we can ask.

The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values

Brian Christian

Goodreads – 4.42

Brian Christian delves into the complex task of aligning AI systems with human values. It thoroughly explores the potential hurdles in the development of AI, including ethical quandaries and the possibility of unforeseen repercussions. This book advocates for a proactive stance to ensure that AI is harnessed for the betterment of humanity while mitigating potential risks.

Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control

Stuart Russell

Goodreads – 4.09

In Stuart Russell's book, he challenges the common belief that superhuman AI poses an inevitable threat to civilization, proposing a new foundation for AI development where machines are designed to be uncertain about human preferences, ensuring they remain deferential and beneficial to us. He emphasizes the importance of controlling AI, considering both its potential benefits, like enhanced scientific research and intelligent assistants, and risks, such as misuse in lethal weapons and viral sabotage, to unlock a future of unlimited promise.

Power And Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb

Goodreads – 4.26

The book "Power and Prediction" by the authors of "Prediction Machines" warns that AI-driven disruption is impending across various industries, emphasizing AI's role as a prediction technology influencing decision-making. It guides businesses on identifying both opportunities and threats during this transitional "Between Times" phase, offering practical advice on leveraging AI to their advantage and navigating the uneven process of AI adoption in different sectors.

Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

Eric J. Topol

Goodreads – 4.04

Eric Topol's "Deep Medicine" explores the transformative potential of AI in the field of healthcare. It discusses how AI can improve diagnosis, treatment, and patient care while emphasizing the importance of maintaining a human touch in medicine. This book is essential reading for those interested in the intersection of AI and healthcare.


Ted Chiang

Goodreads – 4.28

In "Exhalation," Ted Chiang presents nine thought-provoking stories, exploring timeless human questions and novel dilemmas. These stories, both new and classic, reveal Chiang's exceptional talent for deep and revelatory storytelling.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin

Goodreads – 4.20

In this exhilarating novel, two friends--often in love, but never lovers--come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality

I, Robot

Isaac Asimov

Goodreads – 4.21

Clearly, this novel was a must-have inclusion. Isaac Asimov's I, Robot launches readers on an adventure into a not-so-distant future where man and machine , struggle to redefinelife, love, and consciousness—and where the stakes are nothing less than survival. Filled with unforgettable characters, mind-bending speculation, and nonstop action, I, Robot is a powerful reading experience from one of the master storytellers of our time.

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