A friend of mine did me a huge happy a few years back by getting me a kindle in exchange for some work on a website. Since then I’ve become quite the bookworm and have enjoyed reading many a good books on my kindle. This year I’ve decided to share my summer reading list. I’m in various stages of progress towards completion. Below are the ones on the summer to read list lets see how far I get with all the recent distractions.
1984 by George Orwell
This one was available free via my once a month kindle borrowing plan and I read 1/2 the book and decided it was a bit too much like reality. I started to have some serious “mini hate” for it after a while so I decided to push this one off for later. Maybe I’ll polish it off in the winter too dreary for summer IMHO.
Infinity Born by Douglas E. Richards
I’m a sucker for a good science fiction novel and this one is a definite must read. I could not put it down it definitely messed up my sleeping schedule but yah it was worth the pain in my neck. To quote from the blurb (I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t read it)
As our phones and computers become ever smarter, Infinity Born takes an unblinking look at a technological tipping point that is just around the corner. One that will have a profound impact on the future course of human history.”
Math City by Ahmad Amani
I just started this one last night. I was reading about the horizontal line eating numbers and turning them into other numbers and I was like what was in that drink? The book basically use math to explain real world social constructs. It’s 68 pages on my Kindle and it’s free plus I think the concept is cool. I’ll probably try to read this earlier in the day though…
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
The title is a mouthful I know but as someone that deal with data everyday in my work, I’m already exposed to how data can be manipulated to achieve particular end results. Big Data is a hot topic nowadays and this book takes a look at some of the ways Big Data is being used in our society today to make decisions that can lead to inequality and other undesirable consequences. I look forward to giving this a read after Math City.
The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
In my library waiting to read… from the blub on the website…
In The Industries of the Future, Ross provides a “lucid and informed guide” (Financial Times) to the changes coming in the next ten years. He examines the fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics and artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the impact of digital technology on money and markets.
Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors by George W. Bush
My brother and cousin both served in the military both were deployed my bro told me some stories about friendly fire but not much else… my cousin is a lot more serious than I remembered. They made it back with all limbs intact unlike some of the women and men in this book. This has been my Sunday reading special and I’ve been going through this book slowly looking at each portrait in detail and reading the stories of courage of these brave soldiers and their families during and after deployment. It’s a must read and I’m glad I got the hardcover version.