Replete with lots of nifty, whimsical footnotes, this clever, speculative book challenges our beliefs with jocularity and perspicacity.
Kelly's stated goal is "to uncover the roots of digital change so that we can embrace them." The book effectively identifies these roots, but in omitting critical discussion of them, it leaves the reader inadequately equipped to thoughtfully embrace or engage with them.
...It embraces the internet as a work in progress. It’s an enjoyable snapshot, perhaps imperfect, but always dangerously close to receding from view as we scroll onto whatever’s next.
...Iridium sold in 2008 for $591 million. “The most complicated satellite constellation ever devised was saved because of the persistence of a single man,” Bloom writes. That’s a remarkable feat — and a fuller story about the man who pulled it off would make for a rare remarkable book about success.
Harkness’ style is light and conversational, but she makes clear her serious concerns about a society in which it is now possible to predict the likelihood of a person’s future involvement in homicide or other serious crime based on the police records of friends and acquaintances.
...Matty was the real-life embodiment of all the dime-novel improbabilities. This book, though written by Wheeler, bears Matty's mark and the flavor of the age. It is still, after all these years, a good read.
The lessons are taught in the best kind of way: the way that will get kids to listen. A handy and helpful guide for any aspiring web user.
The genie of globalisation cannot be put back into the bottle. The question now is how quickly societies adapt or face being torn apart by protest. Maybe someone should send Mr Trump a copy of this book; it might yield some thought-provoking tweets.
Mr. Lucsko writes engagingly, though he does have excessive fondness for certain terms. In describing what gearheads do in assembling their beloved cars, he leans heavily on the word “bricolage,”...
Sometimes the book seems overly indebted to opinions and quotations from other authors, but that doesn’t significantly detract from how useful a compendium of knowledge it should prove to be. An all-too-relevant and eminently practical book that offers health strategies in a gadget-packed world.
It all makes for provocative reading, and if the author is light on specifics, he offers plenty of interesting scenarios for such things as global power shifts, AI–enabled weapons systems, and the like.
The book abounds with detailed accounts of races, auto shows, and heroic cross-country journeys and explains in plain English the advances in automotive engineering that transformed early vehicles from playthings of the wealthy to functional, low-cost cars for the masses.
...The Age of Em is a fanatically serious attempt, by an economist and scholar at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, to use economic and social science to forecast in fine detail how this world (if it is even possible) will actually work. The future it portrays is very strange and, in the end, quite horrific for everyone involved.
Readers who are intrigued by Thiel and other businessmen of his ilk will likely find this book fascinating, even if he does remains nebulous. A short, scattered introduction to Thiel’s worldview in his own words.
After reading You May Also Like, it may be tougher to trust any likes at all. But Vanderbilt does not aim at challenging readers’ tastes; he simply aims at explaining “the way we come to have the tastes we do.” In so doing, he teaches us that we often like – and dislike – for arbitrary, irrational or superficial reasons.
Kurlansky offers a versatile introduction to this long and complicated history. But a true historian of paper needs to understand that every page has another side.
There are other books on the subject but Blockchain Revolution is a highly readable introduction to a bamboozling but increasingly important field.
Covering both strategy and concrete plans for action, as well as ways to streamline efforts and quantify results, Westergaard’s book is a cogent guide to achievable digital marketing.
Thanks to Milner’s narrative, readers will learn the technical details without too much effort and marvel at its value, which extends to astronomy, meteorology, seismology, criminology, and agriculture...Milner has done his homework, assuring readers will be satisfied, educated, and occasionally amazed.
Such variety of attitudes and habits proves mildly less interesting than the history of the technology itself, because the former amounts to very little in the end...Track Changes is as much the story of their distracting emotions as it is of what they wrote and how; some writers are too easily diverted by their own instruments.