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Book Review: The Worlds I See by Dr. Fei-Fei Li

Jon Sherrard
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Hey you, do you want to understand how AI works, and become a near-expert on the history of its development? I’m NOT selling a course…

I just have a book recommendation for you - it’s the memoir of Dr. Fei-Fei Li , a world-leading academic in AI: 

The Worlds I See

Dr. Li was a young immigrant from China, and she weaves a very human story of integration, struggle, and hardship - with mind-blowing insight from inside the Californian crucible of AI creation.

At a turn of a page, she’ll be giving the most approachable explanations to computer vision or “Large Language Model” training I’ve come across, and the next tugging at your heart strings recalling her relationship with the high-school maths teacher, who pushed her to new heights.

Dr. Li worked on projects with, or around, every “grandfather of AI” you’ve seen on the news, but in my view - her work on ImageNet was the catalyst for the explosion in progress we’re living through, challenging academics around the world to create more impressive technology, and taking the discipline forward an order of magnitude with ambitious scope of her academic work.

I can’t recommend this book enough - for anyone.

AI is going to be part of our lives - we all need to understand it on some level.

Dr. Li has a vision for a “human-centred AI revolution”, and that's reflected in this human-centred narration of where we are today, how we got here, where we’re going.

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