The Top 10 Books on AI recommended by Elon Musk and Bill Gates (2022)

The Best Books on AI for Leaders in the New Age, recommended by the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Reid Hoffman, Mark Andreessen and other successful Entrepreneurs.

I used to read every book I could get my hands on. Once I started to get more into reading non-fictional books to get actual answers on career and business-related topics, I realised that that’s a terrible approach. There are just too many books out there and filtering them by looking at amazon reviews or solely relying on the judgement of your friends is not a sound approach.

That’s when I came up withthe$1 billion rule:to only read books recommended by billionaires.

This made it a lot harder for me to find books, but I ended up with a lot more quality content. It gave mepeace of mindandconfidencein reading and applying the ideas and concepts presented. All billionaires are self-made and at the very top of their respective industry.

Wouldn’t it be great to peak into their bookshelf?

Luckily, people like Bill Gates and Elon Musk are very vocal on their reading choices. I compiled a list for the most recommended books on artificial intelligence and singularity and included the respective sources.

#1 Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

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Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX and Tesla recommended this bookin a tweet, saying: “Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”. His review can also be foundin the review section on amazon.

Bill Gatesrecommended this book, saying: “I highly recommend this book.” (Amazon review section)

Patrick Collison, Founder and CEO of Striperecommended this book in thebooksection on his website.

Read more about Superintelligence.

#2 The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

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Bill Gatesrecommended this book, saying: “Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence. His intriguing new book envisions a future in which information technologies have advanced so far and fast that they enable humanity to transcend its biological limitations — transforming our lives in ways we can’t yet imagine.”(Amazon review section)

Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems recommended this book, saying: “Ray’s optimistic book well merits both reading and thoughtful response. For those like myself whose views differ from Ray’s on the balance of promise and peril,The Singularity Is Nearis a clear call for a continuing dialogue to address the greater concerns arising from these accelerating possibilities.”(Amazon review section)

Patrick Collison, Founder and CEO of Striperecommended this book in thebooksection on his website.

Read more about The Singularity is Near.

#3 Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Bill Gatesrecommended this book, saying: “Anyone who wants to discuss how artificial intelligence is shaping the world should read this book. Tegmark, a physicist by training, takes a scientific approach. He doesn’t spend a lot of time saying we should do this or that, and as a result,Life 3.0offers a terrific baseline of knowledge on the subject.” (Amazon review section)

Elon Musk, Founder and CEO at Tesla and SpaceX recommended this bookin a tweet, saying: “Worth reading Life 3.0 by@Tegmark. AI will be the best or worst thing ever for humanity, so let’s get it right.”. He is also featuredin the review section of the authors websiteand in theamazon review section, saying: “This is a compelling guide to the challenges and choices in our quest for a great future of life, intelligence and consciousness — on Earth and beyond.”

Read more about Life 3.0.

#4 Singularity Rising: Surviving and Thriving in a Smarter, Richer, and More Dangerous World

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Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, Palantir and Founders Found recommended this book, saying: “The arrow of progress may kick upwards into a booming curve or it may terminate in an existential zero. What it will not do is carry on as before. With great insight and forethought, Miller’sSingularity Risingprepares us for the forking paths ahead by teasing out the consequences of an artificial intelligence explosion and by staking red flags on the important technological problems of the next three decades.” (Amazon review section)

Patrick Collison,Founder and CEO of Striperecommended this book in thebooksection on his website.

Read more about Singularity Rising.

#5 The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

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Reid Hoffman, co-founder of Linkedin recommended this book, saying: “Offers important insights into how digital technologies are transforming our economy, a process that has only just begun.” (Amazon review section)

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz recommended this book, saying: “Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right: we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology.The Second Machine Ageis the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it. I’ll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don’t.” (Amazon review section)

Read more about The Second Machine Age.

#6 Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

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Reid Hoffman, partner at Greylock Partners and co-founder of Linkedin recommended this book, saying: “On their own, AI, platforms, and crowds are all transformative forces. That they’re evolving in parallel means we’re beginning to experience a new era of networked disruption, where productive but disorienting change becomes the status quo. For citizens, entrepreneurs, companies, and governments that want to successfully navigate this new world, the first step lies in finding reliable and prescient guides. Andrew and Erik are two of the best.” (Amazon review section)

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google recommended this book, saying: “Even Silicon Valley is surprised by the speed and scope of change today. The best way to stay on top of it is to understand the principles that will endure even as so much gets disrupted. This book is the best explanation of those principles out there.” (Amazon review section)

Read more about Machine Platform Crowd.

#7 AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

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Marc Benioff, the Chairman & CEO of Salesforce recommended this book, saying: “In his brilliant book, Kai-Fu Lee applies his superpowers to predicting the disruptive shifts that will define the AI-powered future and proposes a revolutionary social contract that forges a new synergy between AI and the human heart.” (Amazon review section)

Read more about AI Superpowers.

#8 The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence

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John Chambers, the Founder and CEO of Cisco Systems recommended this book, saying: “Whether you are a business leader, policy maker, or entrepreneur, you need to understand Artificial Intelligence and its power to shape our future. In his brilliantly written book, Amir Husain, one of the world’s leading AI experts, will help you gain that understanding.” (Amazon review section)

Read more about the Sentient Machine.

#9 Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO at Tesla and SpaceX recommended this bookin a tweet, saying: “While on the subject of AI risk, Our Final Invention by@jrbarratis also worth reading”.

Read more about Our Final Invention.

#10 Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

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Bill Gatesrecommended this bookin a tweet, saying: “This book is a must read for anyone interested in AI, machine learning, and machine vision.” He also wrotea book review on his blog.

Read more about Army of None.

BONUS #1 Daemon (Thriller)

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In the comment section of histweet recommending the book “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom,Elon Musktweeted “Yeah, Daemon is a great read”.

Craig Newmark, the Founder of Craigslist recommended this book, saying: “Daemonis the real deal — a scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks.” (fromAmazon reviewsection).His review is also mentionedin the review section on the author’s website.

Read more about Daemon.

BONUS #2: Deep Learning (Educational)

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Elon Musk, co-chair of OpenAI and co-founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX recommended this book, saying: “Written by three experts in the field,Deep Learningis the only comprehensive book on the subject. It provides much-needed broad perspective and mathematical preliminaries for software engineers and students entering the field, and serves as a reference for authorities.” (Amazon review section)

Read more about Deep Learning.

BONUS #3: The Artificial Intelligence Podcast with Lex Fridman

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The Artificial Intelligence Podcastincludes two episodes withElon Musk:

  1. Tesla Autopilot
  2. Neuralink, AI, Autopilot, and the Pale Blue Dot

And one episode withEric Schmidt:

  1. Google

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Until then,happy reading!

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