Category: Book Reviews (Page 3 of 8)

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

Review: After hanging out with Michio Kaku in Malaysia, I was excited to read his latest book: The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.

It’s all about how we could eventually colonize other planets. Naturally, a lot of it is speculation. No one can know for sure. But it’s fascinating to read about the ideas and physics behind the theories. If you’re a Sci-Fi buff or an Elon Musk fan, you’ll love it!

The Fourth Age by Byron Reese


The Fourth Age by Byron Reese is a philosophical exploration of questions like can machines become conscious? What happens when robots can perform most work better than humans? And how will humans and ultra-smart AI coexist?

Reese is a good writer, and the book is thoughtfully put together. If you’re interested in these types of questions, it’s well worth the read.

Rating: ★★★★

NEXUS by Ramez Naam

Review: NEXUS by Ramez Naam is a brain-twisting, action-packed Sci Fi novel. What would the future be like if a new drug could allow us to reprogram our minds and connect with each other? It’s the first part of a trilogy. Next comes Crux, then Apex.

Rating: ★★★★

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Review: You will love or loath this book: The Black Swan.

You will either think the author is brilliant, witty, passionate and insightful, or you will find him a pompous, egotistical, irritating blowhard.

I actually enjoyed the book, but my partner couldn’t get past the first chapter.

Ironically, all you need to read is the first chapter or two. The rest of the book just elaborates on the same points.

BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown: 10 Lessons on Teamwork

Review: BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown is the story how a group of boys from Washington State went on to win the 1936 Berlin Olympics against all odds.

It’s a fantastic story, but even more important, it will teach you the essence of building a winning team. In this way, it’s one of the best business books ever written.

Here are 10 lessons on teamwork learned from Boys in the Boat:

The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam

Review: THE HIDDEN BRAIN by Shankar Vedantam is a fun read. It’s filled with stories about how our unconscious minds control much of what we do.

It’s similar to THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman but less academic and more readable.

It’s filled with stories on how our subconscious can lead us to mistakes, when electing presidents, investing in stock markets, identifying criminals, and waging wars.

It’s also a popular Podcast. Either way, it’s worth tuning in!

The Sentient Machine by Amir Husain

Review: I just read “The Sentient Machine” by Amir Husain. It’s an insightful and well-constructed overview of AI in today’s world. There’s no big idea, but it will give you a solid foundation for where things are headed. Husain is a computer scientist, but his writing is very readable, without a lot of jargon or technical terms.

Rating: ★★★★

Black Mirror

Review: I finally got around to watching Black Mirror on Netflix. After all the hype, I had high expectations. The first two episodes shattered them.

I was so disappointed in Season 1, Episode 1: THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. The decisions the characters made were inane. No one would do that. Episode 2 was just plain boring.

Then I watched Episode 3: THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF YOU, and I was converted. It was clever and well done.

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