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Steve Jurvetson

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Stephen T. Jurvetson is an American businessman and venture capitalist. Formerly a partner of the firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, he was an early investor in Hotmail, Memphis Meats, Mythic and Nervana.
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Abundance
The Future Is Better Than You Think (Exponential Technology Series)
Peter H. Diamandis - Sep 23, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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The New York Times bestselling manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the worlds most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom (The Wall Street Journal).Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conven...
Steve Jurvetson
Writes about how everything is great because physical things are so inexpensive that even the poorest of the poor could live like kings of just a few years prior.     source
Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - Jun 05, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that...
Steve Jurvetson
A gift to all of my Apple II programming buddies from high school and Dungeons & Dragons comrades.     source
A New Kind of Science
Stephen Wolfram - May 13, 2002 (first published in 1997)
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Physics and computer science genius Stephen Wolfram, whose Mathematica computer language launched a multimillion-dollar company, now sets his sights on a more daunting goal: understanding the universe. Wolfram lets the world see his work in A New Kind of Science, a gorgeous, 1,280-page tome more than a decade in the making. With patience, insight, ...
Steve Jurvetson
A series of epiphanies from the author and others that the world is really interesting when you look at iterative algorithms applied millions and billions of times.     source
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The Scientist in the Crib
What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind
Alison Gopnik - Dec 26, 2000 (first published in 1999)
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This exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them. It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals as fa...
Steve Jurvetson
The only thing I did to prepare for being a parent was to read The Scientist in the Crib.     source
The Age of Spiritual Machines
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Ray Kurzweil - Jan 01, 2000 (first published in 1998)
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Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally a...
Steve Jurvetson
I have been maintaining a graph from this book ever since I read The Age of Spiritual Machines, and I show it in every presentation I give. I would go further and assert that this is the most important graph ever conceived.     source
The Fabric of Reality
The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications
David Deutsch - Jul 31, 1998 (first published in 1996)
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For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This multiplicity of universes, according to Deutsch, turns out to be the key to achieving a new worldview, one w...
Steve Jurvetson
Realized that a quantum computer would be fundamentally unlike anything we have in this world today.     source
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Chris Anderson
Out of Control
The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World
Kevin Kelly - Apr 14, 1995 (first published in 1992)
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Out of Control chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things....
Steve Jurvetson
The single book that’s had the most influence on me my entire life. It started my life long fascination of the biological metaphors in technology.     source
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Geoffrey Miller