Thoughts on: “Fables of Fortune” by Richard Watts

“Fable of Fortune – What rich people have that you don’t want.” —————- Richard Watts has worked as a legal counsel for the super rich for many years. In his book he shares stories for this hidden world, showing that it might not be all roses after all. —————- This is not a psychological studyContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Fables of Fortune” by Richard Watts”

Recovering from depression induced by “Superintelligence”.

“Superintelligence” was a great and valuable read but it left me depressed. There seems to be so many dangers with AI and just so much time for us to get a grip on the control problem before It arrives. To lift myself up I started to read “How to Live: or a life of Montaigne”Continue reading “Recovering from depression induced by “Superintelligence”.”

Thoughts on: “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom

Bostrom paints a gloomy picture of what’s in store for us would we ever develop a superintelligence. It left me depressed, but I think it’s essential to have rudimentary understanding of the challenges a general artificial intelligence would entail. This book presents potential paths to reach superintelligence and dives deep into the problem of controllingContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom”

Thoughts on: “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer

“Into Thin Air” is Jon Krakauers gripping first hand account of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. Standing on the top of the worlds highest mountain he couldn’t see any signs of a deadly storm coming in. But he was wrong. When the group arrived at base camp, the mountain had claimed 5 lives andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer”

Thoughts on: “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall

4 years ago I was in the worst shape of my life. I felt that something needed to be done and that it was time to get my priorities straight. — About this time I found this book and it really sold me on long distance running. It was a perfect fit for me. I’mContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall”

Thoughts on: “Walk Like a Buddha” by Lodro Rinzler

“All of you are perfect as you are, and you can use a little improvement” Zen Master Suzuki Roshi This is a very practical and accessible book about how to apply the teachings of the buddha to different aspects modern life. It has a question/answer format like: What would the buddha do in this andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Walk Like a Buddha” by Lodro Rinzler”

Thoughts on: “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman

As a professional within software development I really felt the increase in the speed with which new technologies replace older one in recent years. We are barely able to get familiar with the basics of the latest tech before it’s considered “old” and in need of replacement. Thanks to Moore’s Law, the law that saysContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman”

Thoughts on: “Silent Spring” – Rachel Carson

Sometimes there are books that keeps getting referenced again and again in book I read. Silent spring is one of them. —————————————— Being the book that kicked off the American environmental movement, I thought it would be interesting to see what it was all about. —————————————— Rachel Carson describes the damage being done to plantsContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Silent Spring” – Rachel Carson”

Thoughts on: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Christopher McCandless was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992. He graduated 2 years earlier, having what we would call a “promising” career ahead of him. But Alex had other plans. He donated his 25.000$ worth of savings to charity, left his family and society as a whole. Disgusted byContinue reading “Thoughts on: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer”

Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner

Brad Warner is punk rocker turned Zen master. He is “controversial” because he is not part of either of the two dominating fractions of Zen in the west; the overly intellectualized one or the woo-woo New age version. —————————————— He wants to make Zen available and practical for to regular people with normal lives andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner”