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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.

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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.



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