Science advances quickly and keeping up with it is not always easy. If you love topics such as Artificial Intelligence, the cloud, cybersecurity, and machine learning, here are some recommendations for technology books that will help you better understand technological trends and boost your skills.
1. Artificial Intelligence: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review (HBR)
This book is part of a Harvard collection, and is available on Amazon. It’s a good way to introduce yourself to the world of Artificial Intelligence and what it’s used for.
According to the HBR summary, the book also explains the importance of using AI in businesses of all sizes, how to go digital, and how to prepare your teams for the changes it’s making to both organizations and markets.
“It brings you today’s most essential thinking on AI and explains how to launch the right initiatives at your company to capitalize on the opportunity of the machine intelligence revolution,” the summary claims.
3.The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch
Laura DeNardis, a leading scholar on internet regulation, published this book at the beginning of the year, and it was edited by Yale University Press.
The text is a political and ethical critique of the digital space. It’s a reflection on data security, hazards, and control through the internet.
“The Internet isn’t just about communication anymore. Digital networks can now directly affect and manipulate our physical world – even our own bodies. And when the Internet is embedded in everything, everything becomes a potential object of surveillance and control,” wrote Professor Jack M Balkin, of Yale Law School, about the text.
3. The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
The book analyzes how the world will change in the next ten years.
The authors of the text, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, investigated the reinvention of different aspects of our lives. There will be changes in transportation, commerce, health care, advertising, education and entertainment thanks to technological trends such as AI, 3D printing, virtual reality and robotics.
4. Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
Written by Anna Wiener and published in January, this text became a New York Times bestseller. It was considered a “memoir of the digital age”.
The text tells the story of its author, when she left the publishing industry in New York to take up various posts in technology companies in Silicon Valley. There, she worked at a big data startup and got into the world of these entrepreneurs. She experienced the progress, but also the disappointment.
5. The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI
For Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Director of the Alan Turing Institute, this book by Michael Wooldridge is essential reading. “For everyone seeking to make sense of Artificial Intelligence”, he warns.
In a guide to challenging myths about AI, the researcher shows that the future development of conscious machines, and the fear that this brings, is still a long way away. However, it could still change the world. The author writes about both the political and media debates as well as all that has been discussed about the negative side effects of increasingly intelligent machines.