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7 Tech Books Every Politico Should Read

By Michael M. Clements | September 28, 2018 | Culture

Seven books politicans should read while the stream of tech leadres testifying to Congress continues.


There is no time like the present for our leaders to read up on the future—here are a few recommendations to help them navigate.

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese (Atria Books): Reese lays out how we are approaching a “fourth age” for humanity that promises to be infinitely better than anything we have seen before and challenges the reader to question what consciousness means.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (Random House): In a followup to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Harari questions the utopian ideals of the 21st century by analyzing how far the human race will go to cultivate a world of perfection.

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler (Amazon Publishing): Through firsthand interviews and extensive research, Kotler discovers the truth behind athletic performance and explores what it takes to test the limits of possibility.

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin Books): In this novel about the unknown, journalist Klosterman investigates what those of the future would say about our present once it becomes the past.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (Ecco): Vance dives into the life of the billion-dollar entrepreneur and challenges readers to ask what it takes for a creator to become a visionary.

Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb (Harvard Business Review Press): Three prestigious economists work to unveil the truth and eliminate the fear that stems from AI.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Harper): Huxley’s 1932 classic is set in a dystopian future where eugenics and bio-hacking lead to a social hierarchy based on modified intelligence. Relevant today, especially in regard to CRISPR.