Stories of Your Life and Others

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Stories of Your Life and Others is a wonderful collection of modern science fiction short stories written by Ted Chiang. The collection, originally published in 2002, features many award winning pieces. Amazon.com calls Chiang “one of science fiction’s most thoughtful and graceful writers” and I would agree. His stories all have interesting concepts behind them…. Continue Reading

Algorithms to Live By

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I picked up a copy of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, written by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths, after Amazon CTO Werner Vogels tweeted about it. I’ve come to really appreciate his book recommendations, and Algorithms to Live By doesn’t disappoint. It takes decades of computer science learning and shows… Continue Reading

Coloring Book

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In a year of underwhelming rap albums, Chance the Rapper‘s 2016 mixtape release Coloring Book shines bright. It’s optimism set to music, and you feel that from the very start of the album. It’s refreshing. At the same time it’s the same Chance the Rapper you expect to hear. It’s one of those albums that… Continue Reading

Sylvan Esso

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Sylvan Esso‘s self-titled debut album is one to write home about. Literally. When I first heard it I told everyone I knew about it, including my family. I first heard the track “Coffee” on the Song Exploder Podcast. I was hooked on them instantly. Their sound reminds me of The Postal Service in a way…. Continue Reading

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

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Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is a very inspiring book. And with SpaceX’s CRS-7 having just exploded—the third resupply mission to fail in only a couple months—finishing this biography recently made the journey through it timely. After reading this book, current events like the CRS-7 non-nominal launch… Continue Reading

Make It So

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Make It So, by Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel, is a terrific exploration of interaction design lessons from science fiction. It covers everything from commonly found mechanical controls and visual interfaces to emerging technologies and languages like volumetric displays and gestural interfaces and beyond. But the thing I liked most about this book is not… Continue Reading

Deliverance

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Deliverance, Culprate’s official debut album is absolutely amazing. The album was entirely funded by an Indiegogo crowd-funded campaign and certainly does not disappoint. I first started listening to Culprate when he released his 5 Star EP. It was a good listen. I listened to a couple of the songs more than once, but found the… Continue Reading

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the story of a lunar colony’s revolt against rule from Earth, is a classic sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Published in 1966, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel and is considered one of the most important science fiction novels… Continue Reading

Superintelligence

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The intelligence explosion is coming, and Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence argues we must actively steer the course of what many consider the most important issue facing the human race. It is no longer a question of what will happen if machines surpass humankind’s general intelligence, but when. And more importantly, as Bostrom points out, having the… Continue Reading

Steve Jobs

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Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder and creative genius Steve Jobs is an absolutely brilliant read. Isaacson does an amazing job of revealing the motivations and passions that drove Steve Jobs to revolutionize a number of industries, including personal computers, animated movies, digital music and phones. Steve Jobs is by far the best biography I’ve… Continue Reading