IT’S TWO-PICK DAY TODAY!
Okay, Dorothy called out these two. So have at it before they’re all gone!
PICK ONE . . .
WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HERE: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
By David Reich
A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history.
Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry.
Discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.
PICK TWO . . .
By Jo Nesbo
Zatta knife I see befah me? Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.
Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.
Hang onto your hats, history buffs.
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire (A 500-year history)
Here’s the real story about the usual cast of characters and a bunch they never told you about in school. If you are wondering how we got this way, here’s the answer: We’ve always been like this, and probably always will be…right here in FANTASYLAND where you can be anyone you choose to be! 😯 😎
Okay! Enough with using plastic bottles! Try this!
Hydro Cell Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw & Wide Mouth Lids
Here’s one for all you economics buffs!
The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites’ Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis
By James Rickards
This is the economics theory book I’ve been looking for all of my post-Keens life (misspelling intentional). I was so excited to see Bayes’ Theorem show up in there, too.
And you can find a whole bunch more great James Rickards books right [HERE]
Before you start freaking out over AI, give this one a read!
THE MASTER ALGORITHM: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
By Pedro Domingo
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- …complexity is in the data; all the Master Algorithm has to do is assimilate it…
- …those of us who aren’t machine-learning experts have no conceptual model of what a learner does.
- By knowing what learners optimize, we can make what we care about…
- Every transaction works on two levels: what it accomplishes for you and what it teaches the system you just interacted with. Being aware of this is the first step to a happy life in the twenty-first century.
- Learners learn to achieve the goals we set [for] them; they don’t get to change the goals.
- Most of all, we have to worry about what the Master Algorithm could do in the wrong hands
- He who controls the data controls the learner.
- Control of data and ownership of the models learned from it is what many of the twenty-first century’s battles will be about…
- …you also have an ethical duty to share data for the common good.
- Machine learning is what you get when the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics meets the unreasonable effectiveness of data. Biology and sociology will never be as simple as physics, but the method by which we discover their truths can be.
— Pedro Domingos, THE MASTER ALGORITHM
Oh my goodness! Here’s another one!
I just got this one and what a trip it is!
AUGMENTED: Life in the Smart Lane
Now check this one out! I just bought it at Amazon. You should, too!
The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year- long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioural shifts and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we’re likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action. We watch news of Google’s self-driving cars, but don’t likely realise this means progressive cities will have to ban human drivers in the next decade because us humans are too risky. Following on from the Industrial or machine age, the space age and the digital age, the Augmented Age will be based on four key disruptive themes—Artificial Intelligence, Experience Design, Smart Infrastructure, and HealthTech. Historically the previous ‘ages’ bought significant disruption and changes, but on a net basis jobs were created, wealth was enhanced, and the health and security of society improved. What will the Augmented Age bring? Will robots take our jobs, and AI’s subsume us as inferior intelligences, or will this usher in a new age of abundance?
Augmented is a book on future history, but more than that, it is a story about how you will live your life in a world that will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the last 250 years. Are you ready to adapt? Because if history proves anything, you don’t have much of a choice.