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A Next Big Idea Club Must-Read Book

“An invaluable primer to arguably the most important driver of change for our future.”

—P. W. Singer, author of Burn-In

“If you read one book on AI this year, read this one!”

—Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

“[A]n essential book for everyone involved in American leadership and American defense”

—Admiral James Stavridis, 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO

“[A] riveting book on AI and power by one of the leading strategists of our time”

—Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0

"[W]ell-written, impeccably sourced"


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Winner of the 2019 Colby Award

"[T]he book I had been waiting for. I can’t recommend it highly enough."

- Bill Gates

"A tour de force of the future of war technology"

- P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War and Ghost Fleet 

"[T]he scariest book I've read in a long time. And it's non-fiction."

 - Ari Shapiro, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered

"This illuminating book will dominate the discussion and analysis of this problem―and its execution in the field―for decades to come"

- Admiral James Stavridis, former ​Supreme Allied Commander at NATO

"In this comprehensive analysis, Scharre moves beyond the clichés of 'killer robots'"

 - Foreign Affairs

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Paul Scharre is Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, winner of the 2019 Colby Award and one of Bill Gates' top five books of 2018.

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