Reading List

 


 

James Barrat’s book, Our Final Invention, is a detailed, and compelling book on the risks associated with our development of intelligent machines. MUST READ!

 

Erik Brynjolfsson has provided the single most important book to date on the technological revolution we are currently experiencing. If you are a human inhabitant of planet earth – read this book!

 

The drive toward intelligent machines all began with machines like ENIAC. The Book, ENIAC The Triumphs and Tragedies of The World’s First Computer, by Scott McCartney tells the fascinating tale of the machine that gave computers their name. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how far we have come, and what it took to get here.
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The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil, is about a time when machines and humans unite. Another must read.

 

 

The Lights In The Tunnel, by Martin Ford, is the most important book of our time. This is the definitive book about technological unemployment, and the event horizon that threatens our future, and that of our children. More than a must read, this is mandatory 🙂

 

 

Jeremy Rifkin’s The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, presents a vision of a new, technology and science fueled economy, a Utopian vision of Machine World. This is a must-read book if you are to understand the coming debate on the transition to Machine World, it’s promise and its risks.

 

Jaron Lanier provides a useful construct for understanding how so-called ‘disruptive’ technologies and business models are being employed and asks the fundamental question – “Who owns the future?”  Note: This is not an easy book to read. It’s a bit muddled and some of the personal context is tedious. However, Lanier asks solid questions that are not being asked by many, and he offers perceptive and powerful insights into the technology and the related processes.

 

 

 

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