BookReviews

Book Review: “Trust Agents”

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Trust Agents – by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (published 2009) In the first chapter, he introduces six characteristics of trust agents, which role out to be Chapters 2-7. 1) Make your own game – most trust agents “break out of the mold” and stand out. Learn to get past the gate-keepers by being a gate-jumper. Talks about seeing life ... Read More »

What if you could remember everything? (Book Review of “Total Recall”)

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“Total Recall” is the concept that in today’s digital world, you can save and retrieve massive amounts of data. Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell are both researchers at Microsoft. Gordon is putting all of his atom- and electron-based bits in his local Cyberspace. It is called by MyLifeBits and includes everything he has accumulated, written, photographed, presented, and owns (e.g. ... Read More »

The Game of Life and How to Play It – by Florence Scovel Shinn

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This book was recommended by a wealth mentor. It deals primarily with “speaking the word”, positive affirmations and attitudes. While I think the book contains many truths, it seemed to be a strange mix of metaphysics and bible quotes (without references). She speaks of eastern concepts such as karma and reincarnation, and constantly makes references to the Bible (assuming the ... Read More »

The Slight Edge

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Eating cheeseburger of smoking a cigarette are examples of the “Slight Edge”. In other words, eating one cheeseburger today won’t make you overweight, and smoking one cigarette today won’t give you a heart attack. But when you multiple these small decisions by each and every day, they add up. Jeff’s main suggestion is that you read 10 pages a day ... Read More »

The Twilight of American Culture

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This book was on the “must read’ list of business guru Mark Yarnell. I’ll try to add more opinion later, for now, here are some quotes to wet your appetite. Quotes: The United States, as Robert Kaplan suggests, is evolving into a corporate oligarchy that merely wears the trappings of a democracy. (page 3) I worked as a reading and ... Read More »

The Cathedral and the Bazzar – Eric S Raymond

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Subtitle: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary I must admit, that when I began this book, I didn’t know who Eric S Raymond was. Per Wikipedia, Raymond became a prominent voice in the open source movement and co-founded the Open Source Initiative in 1998. He also took on the self-appointed role of ambassador of open source ... Read More »

Wikinomics – How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

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Book by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams “But the Internet has caused transactions costs to plunge so steeply that is has become much more useful to read Coase’s law, in effect backward: Nowadays firms should shrink until the cost of performing a transaction no longer exceeds the cost of performing it externally.” The authors give an example using the ... Read More »

The Singularity Is Near – Ray Kurzweil

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Here are two quotes from the book to give you the big picture: “What then is the Singularity? It’s a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed…. The key underlying the impending Singularity is that the pace of change of our human-created technology ... Read More »

The Spike – by Damien Broderick

Around 2050, or maybe even 2030, is when a technological Singularity, as it’s been termed, is expected to erupt. That, at any rate, is the considered opinion of a number of informed if unusually adventurous scientists. Professor Vinge called this project event “the technological Singularity,” something of a mouthful. I call it “the Spike”, an upward jab on the chart ... Read More »