Open wiki-thread to share book recommendations with a bit of a technical leaning (though I realise some of the first few I’m adding are more economics, societies).
We can organise it as we go, but for now, just split into fiction/non-fiction.
It’s a wiki thread, so feel free to add suggestions!
- Our Mathematical Universe - Max Tegmark (physicist)
- Alex’s Adventures in Numberland
- Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
- Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
- Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think
- The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles (Nand to Tetris book. Website.)
- Nine Lies About Work - questioning common assumptions about work
- Platform Revolution
- In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
- What We Owe The Future - it’s a bit of an intro to long-termism
- Empire of Things - more on the economics side of things, but listing as it has some interesting history on how trade affects society, which are somewhat applicable to tech
- Origins of Political Order - yeah, it’s by “the end of history” guy, but it’s an interesting meander through history & how we got here
- The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World After An Apocalypse - a walk through the acquisition of key technologies and how they might be preserved/revived if lost
- Blue Ant (series) by William Gibson
- The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. Goes off the rails a bit at the end. Steampunk, mechanical nano computing, UBI.
- The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
- All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells (and the rest of the series) - about personhood, and capitalism
- Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Anne Leckie about personhood, empire, culture, gender