The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World


September 29, 2015


Pedro Domingos


University of WA


Algorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. In the world’s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. Peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone, hear about the blueprint for the future universal learner, and see what the master algorithm means for the future of business, science, and society.


Pedro Domingos

Pedro Domingos is one of the top machine learning scientists in the world and a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests are in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data mining. He received a PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine, and is the author or co-author of over 200 technical publications. He is a member of the editorial board of the Machine Learning journal, co-founder of the International Machine Learning Society, and past associate editor of The Journal of Artificial Intelligence. He is a winner of the SIGKDD (Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining of the Association for Computing Machinery) Innovation Award, the highest honor in the data mining field. He is an Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fellow, and received a Sloan Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, an IBM Faculty Award, and best paper awards at several leading conferences.