As much as business books are the mainstay of helping you grow a business, I would assert that there is a place for good fiction and non fiction as a way of expanding what is possible and what we may see with technology in the future. From such ideas, opportunities flow and in this ever changing world of technology, what is fiction today becomes fact tomorrow.
Below is a list of tech (both fiction and non-fiction) that I have really enjoyed and recommend to anyone interested in technology and the impact it may play in our lives down the track. Many books are ‘hacker’ style stories about the security challenges our technology creates thanks to it’s intersection with humanity. I think that technology simply magnifies the good and the bad. What do you think?
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1. Daemon – Daniel Suarez [Fiction]
A glimpse into the future of where drones and augmented reality may take us. That may not necessarily be a good place either.
2. Freedom TM – Daniel Suarez [Fiction]
A follow up to Daemon. What happens when technology dominates the world? Who benefits?
3. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline [Fiction]
Much like the Matrix. What is life like if you live inside the machine? You can be just about anyone you choose. I also love this book for all the retro technology that was part of my life. TRS-80 anyone?
4. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for our Connected World – Marc Goodman [Non-fiction]
Technology will ultimately doom us all I believe because we are building our world on stuff that unfortunately places a low regard for security and privacy. This book will show you why that is a road to ruination.
5. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon – Kim Zetter [Non-Fiction]
If you don’t believe cyber warfare is real then read this book to understand how software is now a weapon as potentially devastating as any nuclear device.
6. Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World – Bruce Schneier [Non-Fiction]
Security is important but it is important in context. We need to be rational when we consider our security not emotional. A great level headed approach to how we need to be secure.
7. American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt or the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road – Nick Bilton [Non-Fiction]
An amazingly detailed book on the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the Silk Road web site. In here are asked to think about whether technology plays something more than a neutral role in today’s world.
8. The Cuckoos Egg – Clifford Stoll [Non-Fiction]
Before the Internet was in the public sphere it existed in the world of academia. This is the story of how one man’s search for the source of an accounting error uncovered something are more sinister.
9. Takedown – John Markoff and Tsutomu Shimomura [Non-Fiction]
The pursuit and eventual capture of notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick makes for great reading.
10. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution – Steven Levy [Non-Fiction]
Ah, the good ole days when it was more about proving how smart you were than trying to actually cause harm. If you think hacking is something new, then you’re in for a surprise with this book