- Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
An easy and fascinating read of a brief history to human kind. Definitely worth a read. There are four main periods highlighted in the book:
- The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BC, when Sapiens evolved imagination).
- The Agricultural Revolution (c. 10,000 BC, the development of agriculture).
- The unification of humankind (the gradual consolidation of human political organisations towards one global empire).
- The Scientific Revolution (c. 1500 AD, the emergence of objective science).
It starts of with evolution and the various types of homo species. It looks at the agricultural revolution from hunter gatherers to farming and then looks at religion, humans ability to imagine and to create communities in the millions. Then the scientific revolution in the last 200 years was an absolute game changer.
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- Content Inc: Joe Pulizzi
An interesting book about creating great content to attract business. One interesting take away is to first create great content. Then figure out what to do next.
- Second Chances: Robert Kiyosaki
Another neat book by Robert. Neat references to New Zealand and rugby. A few grammatical errors throughout the book but as Robert said, he’s not a best writing author, he’s a best selling author. And who can disagree with that!
- Increasing your financial IQ: Robert Kiyosaki
Interesting book. There is a common theme throughout all of Roberts books. Very readable and very relatable and most important of all. It’s not rocket science.
- Blink: Malcolm Galdwell
Great book recommended by a friend. It talks about the power of your first impression. How to trust your gut instinct. When something feels not right, it probably isn’t right. About the ability to “thin slice” which means to draw accurate conclusions from short snippets of information instead of doing a deep analysis.
Worth a read!
- Quiet: Susan Cain
Fascinating read. The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. One of my favourite quotes in the book was:
“He who knows, does not speak,
He who speaks, does not know”.
- The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
A worthwhile documentary to watch. Summary from IMDB says it all:
“The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.” – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3268458/Continue reading →
- Deep Web: Alex Winter
This documentary touches on a lot of fundamental principles around the right to privacy and anonymity. It brings to life and joins some of the dots that Digital Gold talked about. Definitely worth a watch. Deep web at IMDB
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- Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
By Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, Steven Goldfeder. A wonderful free book in pdf format that explains lots of different concepts very clearly with great examples. If there were “answers” to the exercises at the end of each section it would be been even better. The best part was the way the conclusion tied everything together at the end of each section. Recommend reading.
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