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Tim O’Reilly is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media. He is also a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and on the boards of Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - 2021-01-12
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today. George Saunders shares his twenty-year experience teaching a class on Russian short stories to MFA students at Syracuse University. In this book, he pairs iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol with his technical yet accessible essays on how narrative functions, why we stay immersed in a story, and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster to create compelling fiction. Through this exploration, Saunders illuminates how the mind itself works while reading and how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.
Tim O’Reilly
@amyjccuddy A Swim In A Pond In The Rain, by George Saunders. The best book on how to read carefully and think about what you read that I have ever encountered. Also introduced me to some wonderful deeply humane classics of Russian literature.      fuente
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Whole Earth
The Many Lives of Stewart Brand
John Markoff - 2022-03-22
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Explore the fascinating life of iconic visionary Stewart Brand, from his involvement with the counterculture and creation of the influential Whole Earth Catalog, to his commitment to environmentalism and pragmatic embrace of technology. Written by technology and society chronicler John Markoff, this biography delves into Brand's contradictions and powerful influence on California culture and the wider world. With his emphasis on direct power and planetary consciousness, Brand's story is one that will inspire readers to reimagine how we live on this planet.
Tim O’Reilly
This is indeed a very good book about one of the most remarkable touchstone figures in the evolution of so much of modern culture. I've known @stewartbrand for decades, and still learned so much more about him and his leadership.      fuente
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La nueva ciencia de un arte olvidado (No Ficción)
James Nestor - 2020-05-26
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No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren't found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of S�o Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.
Tim O’Reilly
@monicabyrne13 11. :-). My brother and I used to have breath holding contests as kids, and I once got to 2 1/2 minutes. But that's nothing. The world champion freediver can make it to over 9 minutes passively, and 4 1/2 while swimming. BTW, I love the book Breath      fuente
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Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care
Giorgos Kallis - 2019-08-06
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Explore the fascinating history of how we came to view the earth's limits and the importance of embracing them in this passionate book. Author Giorgos Kallis challenges the belief that going beyond limits is the only path to progress and advocates for a culture of sharing and collective self-limitation. Discover the separation between limits and scarcity, two concepts often conflated in both environmental and economic theory. From ancient Greece to present-day radical environmentalists, join Kallis on a journey to redefine our relationship with the planet and make an impassioned plea for limits.
Tim O’Reilly
I love this book. So readable, so insightful, so actionable. There is also a really interesting connection between this book and @DrIbram's How To Be An Anti-Racist, namely that many establishment beliefs & policies originate as justifications for self-interest by powerful people      fuente
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How to Fix Our Broken Democracy (World Citizen Comics)
Daniel G. Newman - 2020-07-07
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This nonfiction graphic novel delves into the broken democracy of the United States and the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to the people. Written by a democracy reform leader and illustrated by an artist, the book takes readers behind the scenes of where politicians acquire their funds, from corporate CEOs to billionaire supporters. Unrig also provides solutions to limit the influence of big money and redraw the lines of political power. If you're searching for hope in the current political climate, this book will restore your faith in the path forward to fix our democracy.
Tim O’Reilly
I love @DanielGNewman’s new book Unrig. It’s a graphic “novel” explaining how to unrig the US's broken democracy. Here’s an excerpt: The history of voting rights and voter suppression--explained in comics.      fuente
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Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (publicado por primera vez en 1965)
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En el desértico planeta Arrakis, el agua es el bien más preciado y llorar a los muertos, el símbolo de máxima prodigalidad. Pero algo hace de Arrakis una pieza estratégica para los intereses del Emperador, las Grandes Casas y la Cofradía, los tres grandes poderes de la galaxia. Arrakis es el único origen conocido de la melange, preciosa especia y uno de los bienes más codiciados del universo. Al duque Leto Atreides se le asigna el gobierno de este mundo inhóspito, habitado por los indómitos Fremen y monstruosos gusanos de arena de centenares de metros de longitud. Sin embargo, cuando la familia es traicionada, su hijo y heredero, Paul, emprenderá un viaje hacia un destino más grande del que jamás hubiese podido soñar. Mezcla fascinante de aventura, misticismo, intrigas políticas y ecologismo, Dune se convirtió, desde el momento de su publicación, en un fenómeno de culto y en la mayor epopeya de ciencia-ficción de todos los tiempos.
Tim O’Reilly
When I got this book out of the library at age 12, my father remarked, It's sinful that so large a book should be devoted to science fiction. Little was he to know that this book, full of wonderful concepts about how to come to grips with a world out of our control, would play so large a role in his son's life. After I graduated from college, a friend who was editing a series of critical monographs about science fiction asked me if I'd like to write a book about Frank Herbert. I agreed, and it was that choice that set me on the path to becoming a writer. In the course of writing the book, I got far deeper into Herbert's ideas than I had reading his books growing up. The core message of all Herbert's work is that we can't control the future, but we can control our response to it, surfing the edge of change and risk.      fuente
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Human Compatible
Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
Stuart Russell - 2019-10-08
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This groundbreaking book by a leading AI researcher explores how we can coexist with increasingly intelligent machines, rather than viewing them as a threat to civilizations. The author outlines the benefits and potential misuse of AI, and suggests that we rethink the design of AI to ensure that machines are inherently uncertain about human preferences, thereby creating provably deferential and beneficial machines. Solve the problem of control over AI and unlock a future of unlimited promise.
Tim O’Reilly
I just finished Stuart Russell’s marvelous book on AI safety Human Compatible, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!      fuente
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The Last Unknowns
Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions About the Universe, the Mind, the Future of Civilization, and the Meaning of Life
John Brockman - 2019-06-04
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Discover the greatest thinkers of our time with The Last Unknowns. This book features over 250 scientists, artists, and theorists answering the profound question: "What is 'The Last Question,' the question for which you will be remembered?" Explore the deepest riddles about our world, civilization, and the meaning of life with contributions from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Nobel laureates, philosophers, and more. With a foreword by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, this little book of unknowns engages and fascinates readers from start to finish.
Tim O’Reilly
This is a fascinating book, full of thought-provoking questions (one to a page) that will help you think more deeply about the challenges facing humanity and the opportunities in science and technology. It is a great one-a-day vitamin to spark your thinking.      fuente
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Researching, Interviewing, Writing
Robert A. Caro - 2019-04-09
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A celebrated historian shares his personal experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books in this evocatively written collection of personal pieces. From interviewing powerful figures like Robert Moses to encountering witnesses of political power, and finding a writer's community, the author reflects on his journey and the importance of infusing writing with a sense of place and mood. These candid, deeply revealing recollections bring into focus the passion, integrity, and self-deprecation behind his acclaimed work.
Tim O’Reilly
Robert Caro's book Working succeeds on so many levels: brilliant lessons on the art of researching and writing, a teaser for his great biographies, an endearing autobiography. A quick and delightful read. I can't recommend it highly enough.      fuente
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El quinto riesgo
Un viaje a las entrañas de la Casa Blanca de Trump
Michael Lewis - 2019-12-03 (publicado por primera vez en 2018)
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El día siguiente a la victoria de Donald Trump en las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos, los empleados del Departamento de Energía —un ministerio que gestiona algunos de los riesgos más peligrosos a los que se enfrenta la humanidad— esperaron, como es habitual, la llegada del equipo del nuevo presidente. Sin embargo, nadie se presentó para gestionar el periodo de transición. Nadie llamó ni dio señales de vida. El que iba a ser el próximo gobierno no parecía interesado en gobernar, y mucho menos en dejar de lado la ideología para afrontar cuestiones eminentemente pragmáticas y comprender y abordar los problemas reales del país. La administración de Trump, con una enorme arrogancia y un desprecio absoluto por el trabajo de gran parte de las instituciones, entró en la administración con la única ambición de deshacerse de las políticas implementadas por Barack Obama, denunciar a quienes creyeran en el cambio climático y lucrarse personalmente del desmantelamiento paulatino de varios servicios públicos. En una historia tan increíble que a veces parece mentira, Michael Lewis relata, con su característico y fascinante estilo, la peligrosa combinación de ignorancia, desprecio a la ley e intereses privados que guiaron los primeros pasos del gobierno de Donald Trump.
Tim O’Reilly
Michael Lewis’ latest book, The Fifth Risk, highlights just how bad things might get if we continue to neglect and undermine the machinery of government. It’s not just the political fracturing of our country that should concern us; it’s the fact that government plays a critical role in infrastructure, in innovation, and in the safety net. That role has gradually been eroded, and the cracks that are appearing in the foundation of our society are coming at the worst possible time.      fuente
El clamor de los bosques by Richard Powers
Dominando a Ethereum by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Superpotencias de la inteligencia artificial by Kai-fu Lee
The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato
Farsighted by Steven Johnson
Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks
Economía rosquilla by Kate Raworth
Aprende Machine Learning con Scikit-Learn, Keras y TensorFlow by Aurélien Géron
Armas de destrucción matemática by Cathy O'Neil
Makers and Takers by Rana Foroohar
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Who Gets What ― and Why by Alvin Roth
Robbie the Robot Learns to Read by Noah Waisberg
Dying Every Day by James Romm
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
En el jardín de las bestias by Erik Larson
El método Lean Startup by Eric Ries
El póquer del mentiroso by Michael Lewis
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Loving Every Child by Janusz Korczak
Code by Lawrence Lessig
Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Meaning of Culture by John Cowper Powys
Intermediate Microeconomics by Hal R. Varian
The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Peregrine by J A Baker
Empresas Que Perduran by Jim Collins
La esencia de Rumi. Una antología de sus mejores textos by Jalal Al-Din Rumi
El dilema de los innovadores by Clayton M. Christensen
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Babel-17 / Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany
Posicionamiento - La Batalla Por Su Mente by Al Ries
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
Orgullo y prejuicio by Jane Austen
Mawson's Will by Lennard Bickel
Ponche de ácido Lisérgico by Tom Wolfe
Trilby by George du Maurier
Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
Juego de reyes by Dorothy Dunnett
Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats
La estructura de las revoluciones científicas by Thomas S. Kuhn
Todo se desmorona by Chinua Achebe
Las 22 Leyes Inmutables Del Marketing by Al Ries
Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski
The Kabir Book by Robert Bly
The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Introduction to Realistic Philosophy by John Wild
The Unix Programming Environment by Brian W. Kernighan
Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin
Rissa Kerguelen by F. M Busby