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Tim O’Reilly is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media. He is also a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and on the boards of Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
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The New Science of a Lost Art
James Nestor - May 26, 2020
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly.There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability ...
Tim O’Reilly
Sep 25, 2021
@monicabyrne13 11. :-). My brother and I used to have breath holding contests as kids, and I once got to 2 1/2 minutes. But that's nothing. The world champion freediver can make it to over 9 minutes passively, and 4 1/2 while swimming. BTW, I love the book Breath      source
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Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care
Giorgos Kallis - Aug 06, 2019
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Western culture is infatuated with the dream of going beyond, even as it is increasingly haunted by the specter of apocalypse: drought, famine, nuclear winter. How did we come to think of the planet and its limits as we do? This book reclaims, redefines, and makes an impassioned plea for limits—a notion central to environmentalism—clearing them fro...
Tim O’Reilly
Aug 13, 2020
I love this book. So readable, so insightful, so actionable. There is also a really interesting connection between this book and @DrIbram's How To Be An Anti-Racist, namely that many establishment beliefs & policies originate as justifications for self-interest by powerful people      source
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How to Fix Our Broken Democracy (World Citizen Comics)
Daniel G. Newman - Jul 07, 2020
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Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People.This ...
Tim O’Reilly
Jul 08, 2020
I love @DanielGNewman’s new book Unrig. It’s a graphic “novel” explaining how to unrig the US's broken democracy. Here’s an excerpt: The history of voting rights and voter suppression--explained in comics.      source
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Deluxe Edition
Dune Series
Frank Herbert - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 1965)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
Tim O’Reilly
Feb 11, 2020
When I got this book out of the library at age 12, my father remarked, It's sinful that so large a book should be devoted to science fiction. Little was he to know that this book, full of wonderful concepts about how to come to grips with a world out of our control, would play so large a role in his son's life. After I graduated from college, a friend who was editing a series of critical monographs about science fiction asked me if I'd like to write a book about Frank Herbert. I agreed, and it was that choice that set me on the path to becoming a writer. In the course of writing the book, I got far deeper into Herbert's ideas than I had reading his books growing up. The core message of all Herbert's work is that we can't control the future, but we can control our response to it, surfing the edge of change and risk.      source
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Human Compatible
Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
Stuart Russell - Oct 08, 2019
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A leading artificial intelligence researcher lays out a new approach to AI that will enable us to coexist successfully with increasingly intelligent machines In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between huma...
Tim O’Reilly
Nov 10, 2019
I just finished Stuart Russell’s marvelous book on AI safety Human Compatible, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!      source
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The Last Unknowns
Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions About the Universe, the Mind, the Future of Civilization, and the Meaning of Life
John Brockman - Jun 04, 2019
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Featuring a foreword by DANIEL KAHNEMAN, Nobel Prize-winning author of Thinking, Fast and Slow THIS IS A LITTLE BOOK OF PROFOUND QUESTIONS—unknowns that address the secrets of our world, our civilization, the meaning of life. Here are the deepest riddles that have fascinated, obsessed, and haunted the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel ...
Tim O’Reilly
Jun 03, 2019
This is a fascinating book, full of thought-provoking questions (one to a page) that will help you think more deeply about the challenges facing humanity and the opportunities in science and technology. It is a great one-a-day vitamin to spark your thinking.      source
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Researching, Interviewing, Writing
Robert A. Caro - Apr 09, 2019
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From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed booksFor the first time in his long career, Robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these ev...
Tim O’Reilly
May 06, 2019
Robert Caro's book Working succeeds on so many levels: brilliant lessons on the art of researching and writing, a teaser for his great biographies, an endearing autobiography. A quick and delightful read. I can't recommend it highly enough.      source
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The Fifth Risk
Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis - Dec 03, 2019
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The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared. Across all departments the stories were the same: Trump appointees were few and far between; those who did show up were shockingly uninformed abou...
Tim O’Reilly
Jan 01, 2019
Michael Lewis’ latest book, The Fifth Risk, highlights just how bad things might get if we continue to neglect and undermine the machinery of government. It’s not just the political fracturing of our country that should concern us; it’s the fact that government plays a critical role in infrastructure, in innovation, and in the safety net. That role has gradually been eroded, and the cracks that are appearing in the foundation of our society are coming at the worst possible time.      source
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Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and TensorFlow
Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems
Aurélien Géron - Oct 14, 2019
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Through a series of recent breakthroughs, deep learning has boosted the entire field of machine learning. Now, even programmers who know close to nothing about this technology can use simple, efficient tools to implement programs capable of learning from data. This practical book shows you how.By using concrete examples, minimal theory, and two pro...
Tim O’Reilly
Jan 01, 2019
Mastering Ethereum, by Andreas Antonopolous and Gavin Wood, and Hands on Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn & Tensorflow, by Aurélien Géron, are both masterpieces of technical exposition. In addition to helping me keep up with world-changing technology, they remind me what a gift it is to be able to put down knowledge into an artifact – a book – and pass it so effectively to others. The clarity with these authors explain complex topics is a marvel.      source
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Winners Take All
The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Anand Giridharadas - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today's news.Anand Giridharadas takes us into th...
Tim O’Reilly
Jan 01, 2019
Honorable mention to a few other books I really enjoyed this year: Winners Take All, by Anand Giridharadas; Automating Inequality, by Virginia Eubanks; Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, by James Romm; In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larsen; AI Superpowers, by Kai-Fu Lee; Antarctica, by Kim Stanley Robinson, and its true-life counterpart, Mawson's Will, by Lennard Bickel.      source
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Automating Inequality
How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
Virginia Eubanks - Aug 06, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The New York Times Book Review: "Riveting."Naomi Klein: "This book is downright scary."Ethan Zuckerman, MIT: "Should be required reading."Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body: "A must-read."Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: "The single most important book about technology you will read this year."Cory Doctorow: "Indispensa...
Tim O’Reilly
Jan 01, 2019
Honorable mention to a few other books I really enjoyed this year: Winners Take All, by Anand Giridharadas; Automating Inequality, by Virginia Eubanks; Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, by James Romm; In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larsen; AI Superpowers, by Kai-Fu Lee; Antarctica, by Kim Stanley Robinson, and its true-life counterpart, Mawson's Will, by Lennard Bickel.      source
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Mastering Ethereum by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
AI Superpowers by Kai-fu Lee
The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
The Peregrine by J A Baker
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Who Gets What ― and Why by Alvin Roth
Dying Every Day by James Romm
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Mawson's Will by Lennard Bickel
Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson
Farsighted by Steven Johnson
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
Code by Lawrence Lessig
Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson
Positioning by Al Ries
Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski
Built to Last by Jim Collins
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens
The Unix Programming Environment by Brian W. Kernighan
Introduction to Realistic Philosophy by John Wild
Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Trilby by George du Maurier
Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats
Makers and Takers by Rana Foroohar
Intermediate Microeconomics by Hal R. Varian
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
The Meaning of Culture by John Cowper Powys
Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Loving Every Child by Janusz Korczak
The Essential Rumi by Jalal Al-Din Rumi
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Babel-17 / Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany
The Kabir Book by Robert Bly
Rissa Kerguelen by F. M Busby