- “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark
Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates recommended this book.
How can we grow our prosperity through automation, without leaving people lacking income or purpose? How can we ensure that future AI systems do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will AI help life flourish as never before, or will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, and even, perhaps, replace us altogether? Max Tegmark tries to answer these questions. I can’t wait to start reading!
- “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” by Matthew Walker, PhD
This book was recommended by one of my favourite bloggers, and I would like to read it or listen to it on Audible (still didn’t decide if it is “too scientific” for Audible).
Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses.
- “Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate” by Vaclav Smil
As you probably know, I follow Bill Gates when it comes to my reading list. He and the author of this book share a belief that nuclear power, which can use existing infrastructure while also reducing carbon emissions, will be an important electricity source for decades. I want to read the book to form my own opinion based on scientific research, facts and thoughtful analysis.