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Sam Altman is an American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. He is the CEO of OpenAI.
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The Sleepwalkers
How Europe Went to War in 1914
Christopher Clark - 2014-03-18
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The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every aim: it would liberate Bosnia from Habsburg rule and it created a powerful new Serbia, but it also brought down ...
Sam Altman
2022-02-21T23:37:37.000Z
This is a really good book, and has been on my mind watching the Ukraine situation develop:      source
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Duncan Weldon
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Blitzscaling
The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
Reid Hoffman - 2018-10-09
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Foreword by Bill Gates LinkedIn cofounder, legendary investor, and host of the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast reveals the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies.What entrepreneur or founder doesn't aspire to build the next Amazon, Facebook, or Airbnb? Yet those who actually manage to do so are exceedingly rare. So what ...
Sam Altman
2018-10-09T16:54:01.000Z
I got to read an early copy of this, and have been waiting for it to come out so that I can recommend it to everyone:      source
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Pandaemonium
The Coming of the Machine As Seen by Contemporary Observers, 1660-1886
Humphrey Jennings - 1985-11-01
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Documents the public reaction to the industrial revolution....
Sam Altman
2018-02-23T00:00:00.000Z
My favourite book of the year      source
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The Transit of Venus
Shirley Hazzard - 1990-09-01 (first published in 1980)
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Caroline and Grace Bell, two beautiful orphan sisters eager to begin their lives in a new land, journey to England from Australia. What happens to these young women - seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal - becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themselves.The Transit of ...
Sam Altman
2017-02-01T06:25:40.000Z
Re-reading this book tonight. It's incredible.      source
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Medieval Technology and Social Change
Lynn White - 1966-12-30 (first published in 1962)
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In Medieval Technology and Social Change, Lynn White considers the effects of technological innovation on the societies of medieval Europe: the slow collapse of feudalism with the development of machines and tools that introduced factories in place of cottage industries, and the development of the manorial system with the introduction of new kinds ...
Sam Altman
2015-11-06T17:13:19.000Z
@paulg it really is great.      source
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Paul Graham
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Superintelligence
Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom - 2016-04-30
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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...
Sam Altman
2014-08-02T19:33:24.000Z
Incidentally, Nick Bostrom’s excellent book “Superintelligence” is the best thing I’ve seen on this topic. It is well worth a read.      source
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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
Stories
Alice Munro - 2002-10-08 (first published in 2001)
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In the her tenth collection (the title story of which is the basis for the new film Hateship Loveship), Alice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that loop and swerve like memory, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as people we know ourselves.A tough-minded housekeeper jettisons the habits of a lifetime because of a...
Sam Altman
2014-07-11T18:26:00.000Z
weekend book recommendation: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro. stayed up last night finishing; really good      source
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius - 2020-04-07 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
Sam Altman
2014-03-22T19:04:27.000Z
great read (cc @naval)      source
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How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling
Frank Bettger - 1992-04-09 (first published in 1947)
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A business classic endorsed by Dale Carnegie, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling is for anyone whose job it is to sell. Whether you are selling houses or mutual funds, advertisements or ideas—or anything else—this book is for you.When Frank Bettger was twenty-nine he was a failed insurance salesman. By the time he was forty he o...