Learn More About Gary Marcus
Gary Marcus is a leading voice in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, He is well-known for his challenges to contemporary AI (artificial intelligence), anticipating many of the current limitations decades in advance, and has been a leading advocate of neurosymbolic AI for three decades.
Trained by Steven Pinker, he received his PhD from MIT at age of 23 and was a professor at NYU for 20 years before becoming Founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence, a machine learning company, which was acquired by Uber in 2016.
As Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU, he is also known for his research in human language development and cognitive neuroscience. He is the author of five books, including the bestseller “Guitar Zero” (2012). His 2001 book “The Algebraic Mind” foreshadowed the hallucination problem that plague current AI systems. “Rebooting AI,”(2019), with Ernest Davis, calls for fundamental changes in how we approach artificial intelligence and was one of Forbes’s 7 Must Read Books in AI.
His 2022 article “Deep Learning is Hitting a Wall” initially enraged many AI researchers but was ultimately named one of Pocket’s Best Tech Articles of 2022. Its key conclusions –that current AI systems face serious limits in truth, comprehension and reliability—have now been widely accepted even by many of his most prominent critics.
Marcus is currently challenging the field in a series of articles at garymarcus.substack.com, which has quickly become a leading blog on AI, and has just launched an 8-episode podcast, “Humans versus Machines.”
He has written for The New York Times, Wired, The Guardian, Time, and The New Yorker and many others, and is regularly quoted (New Yorker, New York Times Washington Post, etc.). In recent months, his realist’s perspective has been featured on The Ezra Klein Show, CNN, NPR, Sam Harris’s podcast and many more. As seen in a recent 60 Minutes appearance, Marcus has emerged as a prominent skeptic not of AI itself, but of the potential path that companies using AI may find themselves on if they do not adequately prepare themselves.
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GPT-4's Successes, and GPT-4's Failures
March 15, 2023
Why Are We Letting the AI Crisis Just Happen?
March 13, 2023
The Trouble With AI (Audio)
March 7, 2023
Inside The Heart of ChatGPT’s Darkness: Nightmare On LLM Street
February 28, 2023
An AI Chatbot Debate — With Blake Lemoine and Gary Marcus (Audio)
February 22, 2023
Big Tech Hasn’t Fixed AI’s Misinformation Problem—Yet
February 13, 2023
Is Microsoft’s Big Bet On OpenAI A Slam Dunk Or Long Shot?
February 6, 2023
A Skeptical Take on the A.I. Revolution (Audio)
January 26, 2023
The Dark Risk of Large Language Models
December 29, 2023
AI Is Terrible at Detecting Misinformation. It Doesn’t Have to Be
November 27, 2022
Deep Learning Alone Isn’t Getting Us To Human-Like AI
August 11, 2022
Google's AI Is Not Sentient. Not Even Slightly
June 14, 2022
Beyond Deep Learning with Gary Marcus (Audio)
October 30, 2019
A Conversation with Gary Marcus (Audio)
September 19, 2019
Rebooting AI: What's Missing, What's Next (Audio)
September 10, 2019
AI Is Harder Than You Think
May 18, 2018
Teaching Robots To Be Moral
March 12, 2015
Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust
Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning
(Penguin Press, 2012)
Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind
(Mariner Books, 2009)
Praise for "Rebooting AI"
“Finally, a book that tells us what AI is, what AI is not, and what AI could become if only we are ambitious and creative enough. No matter how smart and useful our intelligent machines are today, they don’t know what really matters. 'Rebooting AI' dares to imagine machine minds that goes far beyond the closed systems of games and movie recommendations to become real partners in every aspect of our lives.”
“Artificial intelligence is here to stay. What are its achievements, its prospects, its pitfalls and misdirected initiatives—and how might these be remedied and overcome? This lucid and deeply informed account, from a critical but sympathetic perspective, is a valuable guide to developments that will surely have a major impact on the social order and intellectual culture.”
“Artificial intelligence is among the most consequential issues facing humanity, yet much of today’s commentary has been less than intelligent: awe-struck, credulous, apocalyptic, uncomprehending. Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis, experts in human and machine intelligence, lucidly explain what today’s AI can and cannot do, and point the way to systems that are less A and more I.”
“Finally, a book that says aloud what so many AI experts are really thinking. Every CEO should read it, and everyone else at the company, too. Then they’ll be able to separate the AI wheat from the chaff, and know where we are, how far we have to go, and how to get there.”
“A welcome antidote to the hype that has engulfed AI over the past decade and a realistic look at how far AI and robotics still have to go.”
“AI is achieving superhuman performance in many narrow applications, but the reality is that we are still very far from artificial general intelligence that truly understands the world. Marcus and Davis explain the pitfalls of current approaches with humor and insight, and provide a compelling path toward the kind of robust AI that can earn our trust.”
“'Rebooting AI' is a blast to read. It's erudite, it's witty, and it neatly unpacks why today's AI has such trouble doing truly smart tasks—and what it'll take to reach that goal.”
“When I was a child I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and then read everything I could about AI. All the smart people said it was twenty years away. Twenty years later I was an adult and the smart people said that AI was twenty years away. Twenty years after that we passed 2001 and the smart people said it was about twenty years away. Yup, it’s getting better and better, but it still ain’t HAL. It can tag photos pretty good but on understanding stories my son passed all the AI before he went to his stupid preschool. Now is the time to listen to smarter people: in 'Rebooting AI,' Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis do a great job separating truth from bullshit to understand why we might not have real A.I. in twenty years and what we can do to get way closer.”
“A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of artificial intelligence, filled with masterful storytelling and clear and easy-to-digest examples. Simultaneously puncturing hype and plotting a new course towards toward truly successful AI, 'Rebooting AI' offers the first rational look at what AI can and can’t do, and what it will take to build AI that we can genuinely trust. And it does it in a way that engages the reader and ultimately celebrates both what AI has accomplished and the strengths and power of the human mind.”