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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,641
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,610

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Deeper into the Mind of Sapiens' Clearest Thinker

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Reviewed: 12-15-18

Will definitely listen to it at least one more time.

Not always the most optimistic of reads, but not pessimistic either. Yuval's intention is to logically and unbiasedly dissect and fundamentally break down humanities current and potential future states of existence through critical analysis of geopolitics to the current technological revolution.
Yuval is as Vulcan as they come and sometimes the deep truths he stumbles upon are more disheartening than the fictions that have been passed down through generations to keep us comfy and warm at night.

If you are one who is searching for truer truths in this life, then Yuval is one of the best guides you will find on Earth. But go in remembering that in the short term warm emotion driven fantasies promote more feelings of joy and happiness, and maybe even more fervor for life, than cold stoic realities. But isn't the truth more valuable in the end?

  • Humility Is the New Smart

  • Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age
  • By: Edward D. Hess, Katherine Ludwig
  • Narrated by: Anna Crowe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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    4 out of 5 stars 67

In nearly every industry, smart machines are replacing human labor. It's not just factory jobs - automated technologies are handling people's investments, diagnosing illnesses, and analyzing written documents. If we humans are going to endure, Edward Hess and Katherine Ludwig say we're going to need a dose of humility. We need to be humble enough to let go of the idea that "smart" means knowing the most, using that information quickest, and making the fewest mistakes. Smart machines will always be better than we are at those things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less Smart Machine More HUMILITY Please!!

  • By Maggie Hess on 03-20-17

Feels accurate to me

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Reviewed: 05-14-18

The world is changing faster than ever. The smart machine age changes what skills are valuable in organizational leaders and workers in general. Nobody knows everything and continually improving machine learning products will make it more and more apparent. No ego, No fear, embrace humility.

  • Blockchain Revolution

  • How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
  • By: Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 646

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It's called the blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation - powered by blockchain technology - is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should Have Been Called "101 Uses for Blockchain"

  • By Adrian W. Rich on 05-24-16

Good Blockchain Primer

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Reviewed: 09-04-17

In spite of being very repetitive often about how revolutionary blockchains can be, I found this book to be effective at adding a few layers to my current understanding of blockchains.

  • Humans Need Not Apply

  • A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Jerry Kaplan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

After billions of dollars and 50 years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but a little slanted

  • By Allan Harris on 06-16-16

Worth the read for investors.

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Reviewed: 06-03-17

Think of it as the memoirs of a Stanford AI Lab original. it's worth the time if you are honing your understanding of things to come.

  • The Economic Singularity

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism
  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What will happen when humans become obsolete?

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-03-16

A Logical Organization of Relevant Information

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Reviewed: 01-04-17

Very informative. Worth the time. Well researched. You'll only like it if you are interested in the truth, not in just being entertained.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,388

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predicting is hard, especially about the future

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Kevin Kelly, More Like Nostradamus

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Reviewed: 10-25-16

It appears as if Kelly was born to contemplate the future. His father was on the forefront of IT progress in the 60s and Kelly has had a front row seat ever since. Great book.

  • Peak

  • Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508

Have you ever wanted to learn a language or pick up an instrument, only to become too daunted by the task at hand? Expert performance guru Anders Ericsson has made a career of studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak condenses three decades of original research to introduce an incredibly powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offers more wisdom than even intended

  • By Tristan on 07-10-16

Worth every second.

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Reviewed: 09-12-16

Will listen to it multiple times in my life. For anybody with desires of self improvement.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,521

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Must Read for All

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Reviewed: 04-30-16

Principles which age like a fine wine in a capitalistic world. Teach them to yourself, teach them to your children.

  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,490

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content and this mechanization IS coming!

  • By Mike on 06-30-15

A Rational Derivation of a Probabilistic Outcome.

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Reviewed: 01-19-16

I work in Healthcare, specifically the administrative side of a rural hospital in the central valley of California and even though my organization is a good decade behind major metropolitan Hospitals I am still seeing these clear trends unfold. For example we just adopted a medicare/medicaid billing software which makes the manual billing tasks of at least half a dozen employees nearly obsolete.

What Martin Ford is suggesting, best summarized in his "alien thought experiment" will inevitably become reality. It is important that knowledge of this reality is propagated as quickly as possible so that votes will not be wasted on politicians whom will not support economic policies geared towards this automated future.

Anybody with children or planning to have children would be wise to read this sooner rather than later.