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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 - 2012-09-27
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Learn how the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife led to the downfall of four great empires, and the destruction of civilization in The Sleepwalkers. Christopher Clark retells the story of the outbreak of the First World War and its causes, showing how the failure to understand the chaos in the Balkans led to catastrophe.
Sam Altman
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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The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
Reid Hoffman - 2018-10-09
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Discover the secret to scaling massively valuable companies with the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast host's book. Learn the techniques of "blitzscaling" for growing at a breakneck pace and achieving the goal of going from one to one billion - as quickly as possible. Explore the necessary shifts and unique challenges that arise at each stage of a company's life cycle, from business model design to hiring and managing. Whether your business has ten employees or ten thousand, Blitzscaling is the essential playbook for winning in a world where speed is the only competitive advantage that matters.
Sam Altman
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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The Coming of the Machine As Seen by Contemporary Observers, 1660-1886
Humphrey Jennings - 1995-11-01 (first published in 1985)
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Documents the public reaction to the industrial revolution....
Sam Altman
My favourite book of the year      source
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The Transit of Venus
Shirley Hazzard - 1995-10-05 (first published in 1980)
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Experience the enthralling tale of Caroline and Grace Bell, two orphan sisters embarking on a journey from Australia to England. The Transit of Venus weaves a captivating story of seduction, betrayal, love, and widowhood, set across different cities and decades. With motifs of planets and destinies, this book delves into the absurdities and displacements of modern life, all while exploring the complexities of humanity.
Sam Altman
Re-reading this book tonight. It's incredible.      source
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Medieval Technology and Social Change
Lynn White - 1966-12-31 (first published in 1962)
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Discover how technological advancements transformed medieval European societies with this insightful book. Lynn White explores the impact of machines and tools on feudalism, introducing factories and a new way of life. Learn about the development of the manorial system, new plows, and crop rotation methods. White highlights the stirrup's significance, which brought long-range cavalry to battles and escalated small-scale conflicts to "shock combat." Discover more inventions such as cannons, flamethrowers, watermills, and reapers, which changed the course of history. Explore a time of significant social change in this fascinating read.
Sam Altman
@paulg it really is great.      source
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Paul Graham
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Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom - 2014-09-03
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"Superintelligence" explores the possible future where machines surpass human intelligence and asks whether they will save or destroy us. Nick Bostrom lays out the foundation for understanding the fate of humanity and the implications of creating a powerful superintelligence beyond our control. As we hold the power to make the first move, can we engineer a controlled detonation? This profoundly ambitious and original book breaks down difficult intellectual terrain and offers a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.
Sam Altman
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
Alice Munro - 2002-10-08 (first published in 2001)
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This collection of stories by Alice Munro explores the complexities of human relationships in all stages of life, from loveships to marriages. With richly detailed narratives, Munro creates characters that mirror the contradictions and thorns in our own lives. Through unexpected twists and turns, readers witness tough-minded housekeepers, brassy aunts, and incorrigible philanderers respond in unexpected ways to life's challenges. Munro's writing is both observant and deeply humane, showcasing her powerful abilities as a storyteller.
Sam Altman
weekend book recommendation: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro. stayed up last night finishing; really good      source
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Marcus Aurelius - 2006-04-27 (first published in 180)
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Explore the wisdom of a great Stoic philosopher with this pocket-sized classic. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, this beautifully-crafted edition features personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius on how to live virtuously in an unpredictable world. Translated by A. S. L. Farquharson and with an introduction by John Sellars, this book showcases the clarity of writing and uprightness that made Aurelius one of Stoicism's finest advocates. Discover his aphorisms on keeping a calm and rational mind even in the face of life's vicissitudes.
Sam Altman
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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Learn the secrets to success in selling with this classic business book endorsed by Dale Carnegie. Discover how author Frank Bettger went from being a failed insurance salesman to one of America's highest paid salesmen. Inside, you'll find foolproof principles, instructive anecdotes, and step-by-step guidelines on how to develop the style, spirit, and presence of a winning salesperson. Perfect for anyone whose job involves selling, no matter the product or service. Discover the power of enthusiasm, conquer fear, turn skeptical clients into enthusiastic buyers, win confidence, and learn the golden rules for closing a sale.