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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 [Volumes 1 to 11]
by Will & Ariel Durant (Jan 01, 1963)
The Story of Civilization 11 Volume Hardcover Set by Will Durant, Ariel Durant....
Elon Musk
Jul 05, 2020
Read The Story of Civilization by Will & Ariel Durant     source
The Age of Napoleon
A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 (Story of Civilization, Book 11) (The Story of Civilization)
by Will Durant (Dec 01, 2015)
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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
May 15, 2020
The Age of Napoleon by Will & Ariel Durant is an amazing book     source
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Foundation
by Isaac Asimov (Oct 01, 1991)
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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
Feb 20, 2020
Worth reading Asimov’s Foundation     source
The Player of Games
by Iain M. Banks (Mar 26, 2008)
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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
Dec 14, 2019
@flcnhvy @Kristennetten Possibly Excession, but I’d recommend reading Player of Games & Surface Detail first. They’re all great.     source
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Human Compatible
Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
by Stuart Russell (Oct 08, 2019)
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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
Oct 08, 2019
Worth reading “Human Compatible” by Stuart Russell (he’s great!) about future AI risks & solutions     source
Surface Detail
by Iain M. Banks (May 01, 2011)
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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
Jun 16, 2018
@FredoDeSmet All of them, especially Surface Detail     source
Das Kapital
by Karl Marx (Sep 01, 2007)
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Karl Marx set about to analyze the development of capital, the componets of capital and the modern day application of capital. As a political economyscientist he outlined the key human ingredient; the concept of the 'surplus value of labor'. This concept is the most difficult to understand of the three essential elements of what we now call Marxism...
Elon Musk
Jun 16, 2018
@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
The annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniencies of life which it annually consumes, and which consist always either in the immediate produce of that labour, or in what is purchased with that produce from other nations.According, therefore, as this produce, or what is purchased wi...
Elon Musk
Jun 16, 2018
Adam Smith FTW obv.     source
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A Dance with Dragons
A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin (Oct 29, 2013)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES...
Elon Musk
Jun 15, 2018
Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.     source
A Clash of Kings
A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin (Mar 06, 2012)
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO....
Elon Musk
Jun 15, 2018
Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.     source
A Feast for Crows
A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)
by George R. R. Martin (Sep 26, 2006)
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Crows will fight over a dead man's flesh, and kill each other for his eyes.Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Wint...
Elon Musk
Jun 15, 2018
Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.     source
A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin (May 28, 2002)
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Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a worl...
Elon Musk
Jun 15, 2018
Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.     source
A Storm of Swords
A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin (May 28, 2002)
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Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a worl...
Elon Musk
Jun 15, 2018
Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.     source
If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
by Stephen Webb (Oct 03, 2002)
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FROM THE REVIEWS: Webb offers coherent, understandable, and sometimes humorous coverage of a diverse range of topics. He provides readers with non-trivial insights into research fields they may not have encountered previously . . . I think everyone who has ever considered the possibility that other intelligent civilizations exist elsewhere within o...
Elon Musk
May 29, 2018
@amasad @its_a_massacre @fung9815 @israrayyaz @Sra_Mister @waitbutwhy Great book. Read it when it came out.     source
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Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark (Jul 31, 2018)
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In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more th...
Elon Musk
Aug 29, 2017
Worth reading Life 3.0 by @Tegmark. AI will be the best or worst thing ever for humanity, so let’s get it right.     source
The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Aug 14, 2012)
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The 50th anniversary one-volume edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "An extraordinary work -- pure excitement." -- New York Times Book Review One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged t...
Elon Musk
Mar 12, 2017
@Legit_bacon @mcannonbrookes Looking forward to it. I know it's cliche, but LotR is my favorite book ever :) Want to see the set and take my kids on tour of greater NZ.     source
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Twelve Against the Gods
The Story of Adventure
by William Bolitho (Sep 25, 2018)
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1929. This book is intended to elucidate history somewhat, more to illustrate it, to honor without hypocrisy the deeds of men and women whose destiny was larger, if not deeper than our own. Above all to shake loose the perception of the adventurer in us and of us in the adventurer. Included are sketches on the following: Alexander the Great; Casano...
Elon Musk
Jul 29, 2016
It’s really quite good     source
The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
by Sean Carroll (May 16, 2017)
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The instant New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universe--and how we understand it."Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative."--The New York Times "Succeeds spectacularly."--Science"A tour de force."--Salon Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physic...
Elon Musk
Jun 12, 2016
Highly recommend anything by Sean Carroll     source
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (Sep 27, 1995)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
Elon Musk
Jun 05, 2016
My favorite spaceship ever is in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.     source
Waiting for Godot
A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
by Samuel Beckett (May 16, 2011)
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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting fo...
Elon Musk
Apr 17, 2016
Have recently come to appreciate the awesome, absurdist humor of Waiting for Godot. We so often wait, without knowing why, when or where.     source
The Machine Stops
by E. M. Forster (May 19, 2020)
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"The Machine Stops" is a science fiction short story (12,300 words) by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), the story was republished in Forster's 'The Eternal Moment and Other Stories' in 1928. After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populi...
Elon Musk
Jan 02, 2016
Worth reading The Machine Stops, an old story by E. M. Forster     source
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (Apr 08, 2014)
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and r...
Elon Musk
Apr 06, 2015
@johngreen @hankgreen You had me at Sheen or Gaddafi. Must admit to liking "The Fault in Our Stars" too. Sad, romantic and beautifully named     source
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Look to Windward
by Iain M. Banks (Jul 26, 2010)
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The Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war, and one of the most horrific: desperate to avert their inevitable defeat, the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode, snuffing out worlds and biospheres teeming with sentient life. They were attacks of incredible proportion -- gigadeathcrimes. But the war ended, and life...
Elon Musk
Mar 22, 2015
Reading Look to Windward by Banks. He is an amazing writer. Pantheon level.     source
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Iain M Banks Collection Culture Series 9 Books Bundle
by Iain M. Banks (Jan 01, 2016)
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Iain M Banks Collection Culture Series 9 Books Bundle includes titles in this collection :- Surface Detail, Matter, Consider Phlebas, Look To Windward, Inversions, Excession, The State of the Art, Use Of Weapons, The Player Of Games. Description:- Surface Detail Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family s...
Elon Musk
Dec 26, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
Consider Phlebas
by Iain M. Banks (Mar 26, 2008)
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The first book in Iain M. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture. Consider Phlebas introduces readers to the utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind's imagination.The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, p...
Elon Musk
Dec 26, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
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The Hydrogen Sonata
by Iain M. Banks (Sep 10, 2013)
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The New York Times bestselling Culture novel... The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies,...
Elon Musk
Dec 25, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
Matter
by Iain M. Banks (Feb 10, 2009)
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In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means retu...
Elon Musk
Dec 25, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
Use of Weapons
by Iain M. Banks (Jul 28, 2008)
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The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks and military action.The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him a...
Elon Musk
Dec 25, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
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Inversions
by Iain M. Banks (Oct 19, 2007)
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In the winter palace, the King's new physician has more enemies than she at first realises. But then she also has more remedies to hand than those who wish her ill can know about.In another palace across the mountains, in the service of the regicidal Protector General, the chief bodyguard, too, has his enemies. But his enemies strike more swiftly, ...
Elon Musk
Dec 25, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
The State of the Art
by Iain M. Banks (Aug 01, 2005)
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The first ever collection of Iain Banks' short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horro...
Elon Musk
Dec 25, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
This book is also recommended by
Stewart Brand
Excession
by Iain M. Banks (Feb 02, 1998)
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The international sensation Iain M. Banks offers readers a deeply imaginative, wittily satirical tale, proving once again that he is "a talent to be reckoned with" ("Locus"). In Excession, the Culture's espionage and dirty tricks section orders Diplomat Byr Gen-Hofoen to steal the soul of a long-dead starship captain. By accepting the mission, Byr ...
Elon Musk
Dec 25, 2014
Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.     source
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Chapterhouse
Dune
by Frank Herbert (Jun 04, 2019)
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Frank Herbert's Final Novel in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles--the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeThe desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. The remnants of the Old Empire have been consumed by the violent matriarchal cult known as the Honored Matres. Only one faction remains a viable threat to their total conque...
Elon Musk
Dec 08, 2014
Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.     source
Children of Dune
by Frank Herbert (Jul 07, 2020)
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Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles--the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeThe Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, disappeared in the desert wastelands of Arrakis nine years ago. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities--making them valuabl...
Elon Musk
Dec 08, 2014
Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.     source
Dune
Deluxe Edition
by Frank Herbert (Oct 01, 2019)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
Elon Musk
Dec 08, 2014
Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.     source
Dune Messiah
by Frank Herbert (Jun 04, 2019)
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Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles--the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeDune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known--and feared--as the man christened Muad'Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fana...
Elon Musk
Dec 08, 2014
Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.     source
God Emperor of Dune
by Frank Herbert (Jun 04, 2019)
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Book four in Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune Chronicles--one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction.Millennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world's savior, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity's fut...
Elon Musk
Dec 08, 2014
Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.     source
Heretics of Dune
by Frank Herbert (Jun 04, 2019)
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Book five in Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune Chronicles--one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction.Leto Atreides, the God Emperor of Dune, is dead. In the fifteen hundred years since his passing, the Empire has fallen into ruin. The great Scattering saw millions abandon the crumbling civilization and spread out b...
Elon Musk
Dec 08, 2014
Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.     source
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel (Sep 16, 2014)
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
Elon Musk
Sep 12, 2014
Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.     source
Our Final Invention
Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
by James Barrat (Oct 01, 2013)
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In as little as a decade, artificial intelligence could match, then surpass human intelligence. Corporations & government agencies around the world are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with ...
Elon Musk
Aug 03, 2014
Worth reading.     source
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Daemon
by Daniel Suarez (Dec 29, 2009)
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A high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control—a daemon—designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world orderTechnology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls...
Elon Musk
Aug 03, 2014
@drwave @itsDanielSuarez Yeah, Daemon is a great read     source
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Superintelligence
Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom (Apr 30, 2016)
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A New York Times bestseller Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It...
Elon Musk
Aug 03, 2014
Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.     source
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Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson (Oct 24, 2011)
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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive, New York Times bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, a...
Elon Musk
Jun 16, 2014
Quite Interesting     source
Merchants of Doubt
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate Change
by Naomi Oreskes (May 31, 2011)
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Now a powerful documentary from the acclaimed director of Food Inc., Merchants of Doubt was one of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: It tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ra...
Elon Musk
May 25, 2013
Worth reading Merchants of Doubt. Same who tried to deny smoking deaths are denying climate change.     source
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Ignition!
An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Rutgers University Press Classics)
by John Drury Clark (May 23, 2018)
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This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist an...
Elon Musk
May 03, 2012
Ignition by John Clarke, Huzel & Wang book on propulsion, Asimov's Foundation, Heinlein's MiaHM @WHester #APSpaceChat     source
Catherine the Great
Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie (Sep 18, 2012)
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"[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller."--The Wall Street Journal The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became on...
Elon Musk
Dec 30, 2011
Am reading Robert Massie's book on Catherine the Great. Yeah, I know what you're probably thinking ... did she really f* a horse?     source
Screw Business As Usual
by Richard Branson (Dec 08, 2011)
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RICHARD BRANSON, one of the world's most famous and admired business leaders, argues that it's time to turn capitalism upside down-to shift our values from an exclusive focus on profit to also caring for people, communities and the planetAs he writes:"It's a vibrant and definite sea change from the way business was always done, when financial profi...
Elon Musk
Dec 29, 2011
This approach should be taken to heart by all, as it really is the smart move.     source
Lying
by Sam Harris (Nov 05, 2013)
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As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.In Lying, best-selli...
Elon Musk
Dec 21, 2011
Read "Lying", the new book by my friend Sam Harris. Excellent cover art and lots of good reasons not to lie!     source
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Benjamin Franklin
An American Life
by Walter Isaacson (Jul 01, 2003)
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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative tha...
Elon Musk
Dec 04, 2011
Am reading a great biography of Ben Franklin by Isaacson. Highly recommended.     source
Howard Hughes
His Life and Madness
by Donald L. Barlett (Sep 17, 2004)
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Howard Hughes has always fascinated the public with his mixture of secrecy, dashing lifestyle, and reclusiveness. This is the book that breaks through the image to get at the man. Originally published under the title Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes....
Elon Musk
A cautionary tale.     source