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Super Sad True Love Story
A Novel
Gary Shteyngart - 2010-07-27
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In a near future where America is struggling with a financial crisis, Lenny Abramov, a book-loving son of a Russian immigrant janitor, falls in love with Eunice Park, a Korean American with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. But can their love save a failing world? A critically acclaimed and award-winning novel named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and other publications.
Lex Fridman
@WhitneyCummings PS: Thanks Whitney for sending me Super Sad True Love Story and introducing me to the work of Gary Shteyngart. Great book, great writer.      source
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A New Kind of Science
Stephen Wolfram - 2002-05-01 (first published in 1997)
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"Unlock the secrets of the universe with this revolutionary tome by physics and computer science genius Stephen Wolfram. Over a decade in the making, this 1,280-page masterpiece gives readers a fundamental new way of modeling complex systems. Discover how cellular automata can accurately reproduce patterns found in nature, from tree branches to leopard spots. Written in a style that is easy to understand even for non-techies, this book is awe-inspiring and packed with stunning graphics that showcase the beauty of Wolfram's ideas."
Lex Fridman
Here's my conversation with @stephen_wolfram, computer scientist and physicist, who has inspired a generation of researchers with the beauty & power of computation and whose book A New Kind of Science first led me to fall in love with cellular automata:      source
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Artificial Intelligence
A Modern Approach (4th Edition)
Stuart Russell - 2002-12-20 (first published in 1994)
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Discover the virtually limitless potential of Artificial Intelligence with this comprehensive and up-to-date guide. The long-awaited revision of this book explores the full range of AI capabilities, from machine learning to natural language processing. The 4th Edition offers readers the latest technologies, concepts in a more unified manner, and expanded coverage of multi-agent systems, deep learning, and much more. Perfect for anyone looking to explore the exciting world of AI.
Lex Fridman
Here's my conversation with Peter Norvig, research director at Google and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, a seminal book in the field of AI that educated and inspired an entire generation of AI researchers, including myself:      source
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The Toyota Way, Second Edition
14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
Jeffrey Liker - 2004-01-07 (first published in 2003)
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Learn from one of the most impactful business guides published in the 21st Century: The Toyota Way. The book provides a deep dive into Toyota's world-changing processes, showing how you can learn from it to develop your own improvement program that fits your conditions. Multiple award-winning management expert Jeffrey K. Liker thoroughly updates his classic guide to include Toyota's approach to competitiveness in the new world of mobility and smart technology. Learn the 14 key principles for building the foundation of a powerful improvement system and managing it for ultimate competitive advantage by reading The Toyota Way.
Lex Fridman
@danielfpas I've read it, it's very good. I like Jeffrey Liker's writing. In general, I like books about big engineering efforts. I'm currently reading the biography of Henry Ford by Richard Snow.      source
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Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Max Tegmark - 2017-08-29
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Discover the groundbreaking advancements in Artificial Intelligence and its potential to revolutionize our future. From job markets to lethal autonomous weapons, Max Tegmark explores the complex implications of AI on society and our very sense of being human. As an MIT professor, Tegmark brings authoritative insight to how we can keep AI beneficial, enhance prosperity without leaving people in poverty, and ensure machines do what we want. Join the conversation about the most controversial issues in AI, including superintelligence and the meaning of consciousness. This essential read provides the tools to shape the AI future we want.
Lex Fridman
I recommend people read Life 3.0.      source
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Essential Bukowski
Charles Bukowski - 2016-10-25
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Explore the raw, funny, and acute observations of Charles Bukowski in Essential Bukowski, a definitive collection of his poems. Edited by Abel Debritto, this influential writer's legacy has left an enduring mark on modern culture. Bukowski portrays the desperation and absurdity of ordinary life with his powerful, perceptive voice. His visceral, hilarious, and transcendent poetry covers a wide range of subjects from love to death, sex to writing, illuminating the deepest concerns of the human condition. Bukowski's unvarnished and self-deprecating verse speaks to the deepest longings and strangest predilections of the human experience, making his poetry tough, unrelenting but touched by grace.
Lex Fridman
Because I've been doing the startup, I've been suffering so I'm reading a lot of Bukowski.      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2015-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Discover the story of human history, from the first humans to walk the earth to today's modern society. Explore how we came to believe in gods, nations, and human rights, and how our societies were shaped by the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Sapiens covers it all, using insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to challenge our beliefs about what it means to be human. Are we happier now than we were before? Can we change our behavior and influence the future? Dr. Yuval Noah Harari's provocative and wide-ranging book will challenge the way you think about our species and our place in the world.
Lex Fridman
Basically one of the things we've created here is we've imagined ideas that we all share.      source
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The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker - 2012-09-25 (first published in 2010)
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Discover a groundbreaking examination of human history in this thought-provoking work. Despite the negative news cycle, bestselling author Steven Pinker argues that we may be living in our most peaceful era. Pinker explodes common myths about inherent human violence, and highlights long-term trends of declining violence across time. Interwoven with psychology and history, this book provides a vision of an increasingly enlightened and peaceful world.
Lex Fridman
Encouraged the better side of ourselves.      source
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Empire of the Summer Moon
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
S. C. Gwynne - 2010-05-25
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A gripping and meticulously researched historical account of the 40-year battle between the all-powerful Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West. Spanning Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, and the destruction of the buffalo herds, this fascinating narrative centers on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all, and his pioneer mother Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped at age 9 and grew to love her Comanche captors. S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon is a thrilling epic that offers a historical feast for anyone interested in the origins of the United States.
Lex Fridman
I admire the purity of that way of life.      source
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Machines Who Think
Pamela McCorduck - 2004-03-19 (first published in 1979)
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Explore the fascinating history of artificial intelligence in this thought-provoking book. From the audacious efforts to replicate human intelligence to the future of technology, this book invites readers to participate in the inquiry. Join the discussion on the future of the human race and discover the art of machines who think.
Lex Fridman
I really like Machines Who Think.      source
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The War of Art
Steven Pressfield - 2003-04-01