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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 Life of Greece
The Story of Civilization, Volume 2
Will Durant - Apr 16, 2018 (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
Sep 14, 2020
@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
Our Oriental Heritage
The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
Will Durant - Jul 01, 1997 (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
Jul 05, 2020
Read The Story of Civilization by Will & Ariel Durant      source
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Joe Gadway
The Age of Napoleon
A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 (The Story of Civilization, Volume 11)
Will Durant - Dec 01, 2015 (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
May 15, 2020
The Age of Napoleon by Will & Ariel Durant is an amazing book      source
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Larry Ellison
Isaac-Asimov - Oct 06, 2016 (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
Feb 20, 2020
Worth reading Asimov’s Foundation      source
The Player of Games
Iain M. Banks - Mar 26, 2008 (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
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
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
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Tim O’ReillyBerci Meskó
Surface Detail
Iain M. Banks - May 01, 2011 (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
Jun 16, 2018
@FredoDeSmet All of them, especially Surface Detail      source
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Liv Boeree
A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1
Karl Marx - Jul 30, 2010
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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
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
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David Harvey
The Wealth Of Nations
Adam Smith - Jan 18, 2018 (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
Jun 16, 2018
Adam Smith FTW obv.      source
A Dance with Dragons
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
George R. R. Martin - Oct 29, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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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 Series
George R. R. Martin - Mar 06, 2012 (first published in 1998)
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Elon Musk
Jun 15, 2018
Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.      source
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? by Stephen Webb
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Twelve Against the Gods by William Bolitho
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
Iain M Banks Collection Culture Series 9 Books Bundle by Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Inversions by Iain M. Banks
The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Chapterhouse by Frank Herbert
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Our Final Invention by James Barrat
Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
Ignition! by John Drury Clark
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson
Lying by Sam Harris
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
Howard Hughes by Donald L. Barlett