Book review - The Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence by Andrew Burgess


By David Napier 

Title and Author
The Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence by Andrew Burgess

Date of Publication
15 November 2017

My Rating

4 stars

This book takes a pragmatic and hype–free approach to explaining artificial intelligence and how it can be utilised by businesses today. At the core of the book is a framework, developed by the author, which describes in non–technical language the eight core capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 I first read the Executive guide to artificial Intelligence just after I had heard the term “The fourth Industrial revolution” coined.  Not having the most technical background, I was a little daunted by all the technical terms I was coming across. The reason I enjoyed this book back then and again after reading it for a second time this year is due to the clarity it provided me in an easy to ingest way. All the technical buzzwords I had heard in regards to Artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation etc were explained with an understandable business logic.

Who would benefit most from this book?
I would suggest the people most likely to gain the best value from this book are business owners, people wanting to learn more about the technology at a high level, and anyone looking to make a case for these technologies in a business environment.

What I liked the most?
One of the chapters I enjoyed the most was around associated technologies. It was insightful how you can leverage AI technologies to better structure data for RPA.  The combination of AI and robotics such as autonomous vehicles, and one of the biggest emerging trends AI and IoT where collecting and analysing data through sensors has many real world applications. It was interesting to see how these technologies interacted and what they can be used for.

What could be improved?
I would suggest the book is too high level for developers or IT professionals who are wanting an in- depth analysis of the technology more than the applications it can be used for. It could have  offered a more thorough look at some of the AI technologies avaliable and the business cases for them.

Brief Summary
If you are looking for a hype free, jargon free introduction to AI then this is the book for you.
The world is an exciting place for AI and the knowledge you can gain within the subject can help benefit all aspects of business life.

Further Reading
Artificial Intelligence in Practice by Bernard Marr
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark

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