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"Our Final Invention" by James Barrat
"Our Final Invention" by James Barrat

This thread concerns the book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQYAWRY/ From the blurb: "In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies... Read more
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14th August 2016 07:24 AM by MRC_Hans Go to last post
 
Modern Romance
Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari is a comedian by trade and makes some effort to help the reader remember this every few pages through "Modern Romance". His lighthearted study of searching, flirting, dating, cheating and marrying is part-powered by academic Eric Klinenberg who also wrote Going Solo. Your... Read more
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11th August 2016 05:17 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
You Can't Read This Book
You Can't Read This Book

NIck Cohen won a polemic award for this 2013 attack on censorship. Your reviewer found it to be dignified and salutory. One-sided for sure (you get what you buy), and narrower in focus than she expected in respect of the author's targets, which are principally the demands for silencing that... Read more
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10th August 2016 10:22 AM by Giz Go to last post
 
Going Solo
Going Solo
The extraordinary rise and surprising appeal of living alone

Human beings are social animals, according to Aristotle and Roman Emperor Aurelius. Yet, in contrast to a couple of hundred millennia of collective living, the last generation or two has uniquely been accompanied by a big rise in living alone. All adult age cohorts have involved themselves... Read more
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10th August 2016 09:49 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Spinster -- Making a Life of One's Own
Spinster -- Making a Life of One's Own

Despite some quotes on its cover, books about being a committed single woman are probably something of a niche. For context this reviewer--like Kate Bolick--has never married, is childless, and in somewhat retro-fashion likes to prefix herself as Miss where applicable. Bolick (in her 43rd... Read more
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5th August 2016 09:35 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Immigrants -- Your Country Needs Them
Immigrants -- Your Country Needs Them

Immigrants are regular folks whose lives don't fit neatly within national boundaries. Your reviewer is one of the quarter billion (the number doesn't include illegal migrants) living outside her country of birth, and counts herself fortunate to have lived for more than a few months in three... Read more
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2nd August 2016 11:42 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
When The Rivers Run Dry
When The Rivers Run Dry

Fresh water is the ultimate renewable resource. And in large parts of the world it is the ultimate common resource too. The former is reason to be optimistic about future water security. After all, the world has an awful lot of the stuff. But most economists would raise a red flag of pessimism... Read more
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2nd August 2016 11:34 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Peoplequake
Peoplequake

This reviewer agreed with almost everything she read in this 2011 book; Fred Pearce, a British science/environment writer, has managed to very closely replicate her views on population, fertility, causes, the role of policy and immigration. That's remarkable (hence the remark). It also told... Read more
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22nd July 2016 06:55 AM by Prometheus Go to last post
 
Streetlights and Shadows
Streetlights and Shadows

This is the third Gary Klein book your reviewer has read, and is the second one that she perceives to be a general assault on the love of rules and data-based decision making that permeates business life, government and much professional activity. Klein asserts he is not the enemy of such... Read more
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12th July 2016 02:47 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Stumbling on Happiness
Stumbling on Happiness

This isnít a self-help book, though it looked to this reviewer as if it was inside the cover of one. Rather, Professor Gilbert of Harvard University writes about supposed deficiencies of the human brain, though always within a context of how vital these are to survival. And survival is... Read more
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12th July 2016 02:42 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Triumph of the City
Triumph of the City

This reviewer loves cities. She has lived in three since leaving her native New Zealand, visits dozens of them a year, and makes her home of 16 years in the middle of London. Edward Glaeser, a second generation immigrant economist at Harvard University, loves them as well. Your reviewer found... Read more
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12th July 2016 02:36 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Passions Within Reason
Passions Within Reason
The Strategic Role of the Emotions

Evidence abounds of the existence of behaviour which is contrary to material best interest, stuff that one would be better off not doing, either altruistic or all-round destructive, and sometimes described as irrational. Such behaviour is sufficiently common that few are surprised by it. And... Read more
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15th March 2016 08:00 PM by Mark6 Go to last post
 
The Checklist Manifesto
The Checklist Manifesto
How to Get Things Right.

Atul Gawande's title may have been a gamble in respect of this book's success, because as he says on page 173 "We don't like checklists". Not (just) because they are not much fun, but because someone whose skill lies in performing complex or difficult tasks probably also regards them as... Read more
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17th September 2015 11:04 AM by HeyLeroy Go to last post
 
The End of Men
The End of Men

The future is very female according to Hanna Rosin. And so is the present too, more than is generally appreciated. She claims to be neither feminist (for trumpeting women over men) not anti-feminist (for suggesting the struggle for equality is over), but her choice of title will ensure that... Read more
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12th August 2015 07:14 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Deep Sea and Foreign Going
Deep Sea and Foreign Going

Container ships are the "invisible industry that brings you 90% of everything"--a reference to the fraction of trade that moves by sea. Rose George, a writer and journalist, became the last officially allowed passenger on a British flagged merchant vessel of Maersk, a Danish company whose... Read more
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12th August 2015 07:08 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
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