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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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...
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
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...
A gift to all of my Apple II programming buddies from high school and Dungeons & Dragons comrades. – source
This book is also recommended byBrian ArmstrongBarry RitholtzChris MessinaMark RussinovichAstro Teller
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, ...
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
This book is also recommended byNassim Nicholas Taleb
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...
The only thing I did to prepare for being a parent was to read The Scientist in the Crib. – source
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...
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
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...
Realized that a quantum computer would be fundamentally unlike anything we have in this world today. – source
This book is also recommended byChris Anderson
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....
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
This book is also recommended byGeoffrey Miller