6 must-read books on AI from ADLINK CTOs

As automation and autonomy continue to rise across industries, so does the discipline and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI). In transportation, autonomous vehicles are on the rise, take a look at the Indy Autonomous Challenge for instance– all computer, no humans on the race track. Is it a robot or a vehicle? Vehicles that are robots?

Autonomous robots exist in additional forms too, swarms of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are now found on manufacturing floors, take Fair Friend Group’s private 5G factory of the future leveraging swarms of AMRs for instance. Or John Deere’s use of robotic arc welding using AI machine vision to find porosity defects. Even the railway industry is seeing increases in railway digitization, from automated train control, to predictive maintenance, to AI-based obstacle intrusion and passenger information systems.

As the world becomes more autonomous, we must act upon data when it’s still valuable, when it’s still available, as it’s being produced, in real-time. An autonomous race car on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway going 200 mph can’t wait 10 seconds to decide to slow down to avoid a collision. By then, it’s too late.

Edge computing brings intelligence closer to machines, where data is created, a key factor in the efficiency and effectiveness of an AI system. And with 25 years of experience in edge computing – embedded, distributed and intelligent computing – our Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) know a thing, or two, about AI. So we’ve curated a list of our CTO’s recommended reads on the topic.

Whether you’re a CTO yourself, an engineer, a technologist or simply interested in the intelligence of things, there is something for you. Without further ado, these are ADLINK CTO’s recommended books on AI.

1. Robot, Take the Wheel:

The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky

Why: “Everything you wanted to know about autonomous vehicles but were afraid to ask. Jason gives a great perspective on our autonomous past, present and future. You’ll enjoy Jason talking about the missing ‘Level 6’ and how the Olli autonomous buses I worked on look like ‘wheeled baby orca whales’”

Joe Speed, Field CTO, ADLINK Technology and Global Partners, Open Robotics ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee Member, Autoware Foundation Technical Steering Committee Member, Eclipse OpenADx Autonomous Driving Steering Committee Member, Indy Autonomous Challenge Technical Advisor.

2. Countdown to Zero Day:

Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter

Why: “The importance and urgency of security for industrial systems is growing by the day if not faster. This book discusses the vulnerabilities and impacts of not addressing security in industrial systems and is extremely relevant to today’s increasingly connected and autonomous systems.

Toby McClean, ADLINK VP of AI & IoT Innovation and Technology, Forbes Technology Council member, Startup Advisor, AIoT Subject Matter Expert and Analyst Advisor

3. Machine, Platform, Crowd:

Harnessing our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson

Why: “As technologists, it is important to stay connected to the business and economic impact of the technology we build. The authors of this book discuss the economic impact of technologies such as IoT, AI and automation in an easy to digest format.”

Toby McClean, ADLINK VP of AI & IoT Innovation and Technology, Forbes Technology Council member, Startup Advisor, AIoT Subject Matter Expert and Analyst Advisor

4. Artificial Intelligence A Modern Approach

By Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig

Why: “This is what I like to call, The Reference. It’s an academic book that contains the foundation, the reference, in AI. Anyone who deals with AI should have a copy of this book on the bookshelf.”

Angelo Corsaro, CTO, ADLINK Advanced Technology Office, Object Management Group Architectural Board Member and Co-Chair Data Distribution Service SIG, Advisor for the Norwegian Government Fog Computing Initiative, Advisor for the Chinese Government Edge Computing Consortium.

5. Essay: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Why: “This is what I refer to as the Philosophical Essay. Many Engineers sometimes underestimate the role that technology has in shaping our society and our world. Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics is an essay available on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy which all of us should read. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-ai/.”

Angelo Corsaro, CTO, ADLINK Advanced Technology Office, Object Management Group Architectural Board Member and Co-Chair Data Distribution Service SIG, Advisor for the Norwegian Government Fog Computing Initiative, Advisor for the Chinese Government Edge Computing Consortium.

6. AI and Machine Learning for Coders:

A Programmer’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence by Laurence Moroney

Why: “Finally, we have the Coder Corner – for those of you that enjoy the art of coding, here is a good title for getting a hands-on start into the world of AI and Machine learning.”

Angelo Corsaro, CTO, ADLINK Advanced Technology Office, Object Management Group Architectural Board Member and Co-Chair Data Distribution Service SIG, Advisor for the Norwegian Government Fog Computing Initiative, Advisor for the Chinese Government Edge Computing Consortium.

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