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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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The Future Is Better Than You Think (Exponential Technology Series)
Peter H. Diamandis - 2012-02-21
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Discover how exponential growth in technology will help us solve the world's most pressing concerns, such as overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, and healthcare. In Abundance, Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler introduce us to innovators and industry leaders making significant strides in each area. Don't miss this New York Times bestselling "riveting page-turner" that provides a promising future worth fighting for (The Christian Science Monitor).
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
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Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - 2011-08-16
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Set in a bleak future world, a teenage boy finds solace in a virtual reality game where he searches for clues left behind by the game's creator, with a promise of immense wealth and power for the one who solves it. Soon, Wade becomes embroiled in a dangerous race with other players, who will stop at nothing to win. As he strives to survive, he must also confront the harsh realities of the real world he has always sought to avoid.
Steve Jurvetson
A gift to all of my Apple II programming buddies from high school and Dungeons & Dragons comrades.      source
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A New Kind of Science
Stephen Wolfram - 2002-05-14 (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."
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 - 2000-12-26 (first published in 1999)
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Discover how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them in this exciting book by cognitive science pioneers. Learn how evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and how the drive to learn is our most important instinct. This book offers fascinating insights into our adult capacities and reveals how even young children can use the same methods as scientists to learn about the world. Filled with surprises and humor, it gives a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.
Steve Jurvetson
The only thing I did to prepare for being a parent was to read The Scientist in the Crib.      source
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The Age of Spiritual Machines
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Ray Kurzweil - 2000-01-01 (first published in 1998)
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Looking to the future, The Age of Spiritual Machines explores how the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence will fundamentally alter and improve the way we live. Filled with prophetic blueprints for the future, Ray Kurzweil takes us through advances that will see computers exceed the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain, and the potential for relationships with automated personalities who will be our friends, teachers, and companions. This thought-provoking guide is an ultimate look into how technology will shape our world in the twenty-first century.
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
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The Fabric of Reality
The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications
David Deutsch - 1998-08-01 (first published in 1996)
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Explore a fascinating new worldview that synthesizes quantum theory, evolution, computation, and knowledge in The Fabric of Reality. Young physicist David Deutsch argues that the key to understanding the physical world lies in the existence of many parallel universes. This daring, challenging book explains and connects cutting-edge research on topics such as quantum computers, time travel, and human existence, providing a complete and rational synthesis of disciplines. A must-read for scientists and laypeople alike, The Fabric of Reality offers an optimistic message about the nature of existence.
Steve Jurvetson
Realized that a quantum computer would be fundamentally unlike anything we have in this world today.      source
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Out of Control
The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World
Kevin Kelly - 1995-04-14 (first published in 1992)
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Get ready to explore the future of technology in "Out of Control." Kevin Kelly takes readers on a journey through a world where machines have evolved to the point of being indistinguishable from living organisms. This fascinating book details the dawn of a new era that challenges our current understanding of the relationship between humans and technology.
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