Top Technology-Related Reads for Summer 2023

Power and Progress: Our Thousand Year Struggle over Technology and Prosperity by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson (Basic Books/PublicAffairs)

According to the technorati of Silicon Valley, the future is already predetermined in lines of code and celestial bodies. However, in this extensive and captivating book, two professors from MIT challenge the idea of technological determinism and delve into how countries can shape technology to create more compassionate societies.

Book cover of ‘The Battle for Your Brain’

The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology by Nita A Farahany (St Martin’s Press)

Recent advancements in neurotechnology have brought relief to individuals suffering from strokes and epilepsy. However, these developments also open doors to malicious possibilities in the hands of military, corporate, and government entities. Farahany advocates for the safeguards necessary to protect our privacy and freedom of thought.

Book cover of ‘The Everything Blueprint’

The Everything Blueprint: The Microchip Design That Changed the World by James Ashton (Hodder & Stoughton)

Every year, over 1 trillion microchips are sold, powering a vast range of devices from smartphones to nuclear missiles. Surprisingly, a significant number of these microchips are designed by the relatively unknown yet highly successful British company, Arm. Ashton narrates the origins of Arm and its remarkable global influence in this captivating corporate biography.

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Book cover of ‘More Than a Glitch’

More Than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech by Meredith Broussard (MIT Press)

Technology often perpetuates discrimination against marginalized communities, reflecting the biases prevalent in society. In her book, leading researcher and New York University associate professor, Meredith Broussard, explores algorithmic bias and argues for the potential of public interest technology to foster a more equitable society.

Book cover of ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Quantum Supremacy: How Quantum Computers Will Unlock the Mysteries of Science — and Address Humanity’s Biggest Challenges by Michio Kaku (Allen Lane)

Although Michio Kaku may have an overexcitable view of quantum computers and their current limitations, his book offers valuable insights into the science behind this groundbreaking technology. From understanding Schrodinger’s cat to exploring superpositions, entanglement, and parallel universes, Kaku provides a solid foundation for comprehending quantum theory.

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