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Elon Reeve Musk is an engineer and technology entrepreneur. He is a citizen of South Africa, Canada, and the United States and is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX; CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI.
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The Story of Civilization
VOLUME II - The Medieval World Text Book
Phillip Campbell - 2017-06-20
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In The Story of Civilization text book, children will live through the ancient stories that shaped humanity. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way. The journey continues in this second volume that picks up just after the conversion of Em...
Elon Musk
@SirineAti @EvaFoxU The Story of Civilization, especially books 2 & 11      source
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The Life of Greece
The Story of Civilization, Volume 2
Will Durant - 2018-04-16 (first published in 1939)
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The Story of Civilization, Volume II: A history of Greek civilization from the beginnings, and of civilization in the Near East from the Death of Alexander to the Roman Conquest of Greece. This is the second volume of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning series....
Elon Musk
@sama The Story of Civilization. First book is a little dry, but second book, The Life of Greece, is incredible.      source
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Tai Lopez
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Our Oriental Heritage
The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
Will Durant - 1997-07-01 (first published in 1935)
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This is the classic reference on world history, recognized as the most comprehensive general history ever written, the result of four decades of work by Will and Ariel Durant -- a set that The New York Times called "a splendid, broad panorama of hereditary culture in words and images that the layman can fully understand." This series began as an ef...
Elon Musk
Read The Story of Civilization by Will & Ariel Durant      source
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Joe Gadway
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The Age of Napoleon
A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 (The Story of Civilization, Volume 11)
Will Durant - 2015-12-01 (first published in 1975)
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An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel DurantThe Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the...
Elon Musk
The Age of Napoleon by Will & Ariel Durant is an amazing book      source
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Larry Ellison
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Isaac-Asimov - 2016-10-06 (first published in 1951)
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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in th...
Elon Musk
Worth reading Asimov’s Foundation      source
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The Player of Games
Iain M. Banks - 2008-03-26 (first published in 1988)
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The Culture--a humanoid/machine symbiotic society--has thrown up many great Game Players. One of the best is Jernau Morat Gurgeh, Player of Games, master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel & incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game, a game so complex, so like life itself, tha...
Elon Musk
@flcnhvy @Kristennetten Possibly Excession, but I’d recommend reading Player of Games & Surface Detail first. They’re all great.      source
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Mark ZuckerbergStewart Brand
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Human Compatible
Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
Stuart Russell - 2019-10-08
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A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machines In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between huma...
Elon Musk
Worth reading “Human Compatible” by Stuart Russell (he’s great!) about future AI risks & solutions      source
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Surface Detail
Iain M. Banks - 2011-05-01 (first published in 2010)
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Surface Detail Book Description It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. Lededje Ybreq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to ...
Elon Musk
@FredoDeSmet All of them, especially Surface Detail      source
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Liv BoereeGeoffrey Miller
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A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1
Karl Marx - 2010-07-30
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A classic of early modernism, Capital combines vivid historical detail with economic analysis to produce a bitter denunciation of mid-Victorian capitalist society. It has proved to be the most influential work in twentieth-century social science; Marx did for social science what Darwin had done for biology. This is the only abridged edition to take...
Elon Musk
@monongahelaEX @AntVenom Read Das Kapital when I was 14, incl cross-checking English translation of original German. Adam Smith FTW obv. Ironically, future automation will naturally lead to greater equality of consumption. Monopolies are true enemy of people. Competing to serve is good.      source
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David Harvey
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The Wealth Of Nations
Adam Smith - 2018-01-18 (first published in 1776)
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth, and is today a fun...
Elon Musk
Adam Smith FTW obv.      source
The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
Dune by Frank Herbert
Chapterhouse by Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
Twelve Against the Gods by William Bolitho
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
Ignition! by John Drury Clark
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Iain M Banks Collection Culture Series 9 Books Bundle by Iain M. Banks
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Lying by Sam Harris
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Our Final Invention by James Barrat
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
Inversions by Iain M. Banks
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks
Howard Hughes by Donald L. Barlett
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? by Stephen Webb
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Excession by Iain M. Banks
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams