• Knowing What We Know

    Knowing What We Know

    Simon Winchester examines information transmission through time. From oral traditions, to computers, how do we know what we know? One of the most interesting questions is that of digital amnesia, where information is easy to gather from the internet so it has little value to us and thus we forget it easily. We explored similar…

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  • The Death of Expertise

    The Death of Expertise

    Are there any experts anymore? If there are experts, do we even listen to them? How many experts take their domain-specific expertise and parlay that into getting to comment on fields that they know nothing about? In this excellent book Tom Nichols explores how we treat experts today. From ignoring them when we don’t like…

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  • The Bill Gates Problem

    The Bill Gates Problem

    While we may think that Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation is a benevolent Billionaire philanthropist, it’s not quite so clear. This book shows how Gates has used his many dollars and foundations to avoid taxes and push a Big Tech capitalist mindset on assisting other countries. Yes your tax dollars pay for about 50%…

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  • Basic Income for Canadians

    Basic Income for Canadians

    This is a long form look at many studies on basic income. Overall, people use the money to improve their lives and continue to work. They don’t get lazy, but employers may complain because it gets harder to find people willing to work for low wages as they now have more financial freedom and don’t…

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  • Project Hail Mary

    Project Hail Mary

    Project Hail Mary is another excellent book by Andy Weir. This one follows an astronaut that wakes from a coma realizing that they have to figure out how to stop the “space algae” that is eating the energy of the Sun causing Earth to cool down which will have a dire affect on the climate, and…

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  • Personal Knowledge Graphs

    Personal Knowledge Graphs

    This is a fairly academic look at taking notes and what a personal knowledge graph is. The format of the book is a series of essays, that at times are helpful, but also spend entire chapters on defunct operating systems like Haiku. Yes Haiku runs still, but you’re never going to use it so telling…

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  • Not with a Bug but with a Sticker

    Not with a Bug but with a Sticker

    The authors show us just how dumb AI systems are and how overblown the claims of computer vision investors, and LLM producers really are. Don’t believe the AI hype, the systems are brittle and not that smart, everyone invested in them just wants you to think the opposite. Purchase Not with a Bug but with…

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  • The Shock Doctrine

    The Shock Doctrine

    Naomi Klien looks at how natural disasters, war and terrorism are used by government and business to further capitalism and take away benefits to poor people. Most often non-white Americans, or entire other countries, bear the brunt of the capitalist push to use a shock to reset what is normal. Purchase The Shock Doctrine on…

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  • Your Face Belongs to Us

    Your Face Belongs to Us

    Kashmir Hill takes us on a look at Clearview AI’s founding and where it currently sits with it’s facial recognition technology. Is it a good thing to give up privacy to catch child abusers, which actually happened during the course of research for this book, or should we combat this so we don’t loose privacy?…

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  • Number Go Up

    Number Go Up

    Number Go Up is a look at the crypto currency “industry” though by the end readers are left with the distinct impression that crypto is more about scamming people and a very few people earning big bucks on the backs of the losses of many. Ostensibly the author is looking for the real world US…

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