Good solid reporting. I listen to this as an audio book from the Nashua Public Library. it held my interest over an extended period. It was better thaGood solid reporting. I listen to this as an audio book from the Nashua Public Library. it held my interest over an extended period. It was better than I had expected.
It is nicely structured with a little foreshadowing unrolling the story slowly but making me want to know how exactly did the events unfold.
I am glad that Nashua Public Library bought this book in MP3 audiobook and book format. Unsure if I would of ever started this as a book. After listinI am glad that Nashua Public Library bought this book in MP3 audiobook and book format. Unsure if I would of ever started this as a book. After listing to it as an audio, I am now doing a deeper read of interesting sections.
Written by a pair of MIT profs, this has the right mix of deep insights and cool stuff while remaining entertaining and accessible. This book makes a strong argument that we are currently at an infection point where Moore's Law, Research Advancements in multiple fields,market forces and ease of communication and organization via the Internet has created a period of rapid computing advancement. Computers are doing the things that they never have been able to do before; things only people could do. This is creating a Second Machine Age which rivals the Industrial Revolution in impact.
Here are my notes on a few things I found interesting so I don't forget them..... (info from other sources as well)
60,000 BCE Homo Sapiens fan out from Africa 25,000 BCE Neanderthals wiped out (or integrated?) 14,000 BCE Dog Domesticated 8000 BCE Farming 8,000 BCE Horse Domesticated (corralled and breeded) 6,000 BCE Ox Domesticated and Plow
The Axial Age (noted by Karl Jaspers ) deep thinkers in a short period
Buddha 563 BCE Confucius 551 BCE Socrates 469 BCE
Writing occurred Mesopotania 3,200 BCE Athenian Democracy 500 BCE Black Death reduced Europe's population around 30% second half of 1300's
During the subsequent Edo period, Edo (Tokoyo) grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century.
Prior to Watt, Steam Engine captured 1%of energy from coal. Watt's tinkering between 1765 and 1775 improved this 3 fold.
Narrative Sciences - Computers that write news articles (blogs)
SLAM- simultaneous Locationization and Mapping. A system would build a map as you are traveling through it. Once thought to be a fundamental challenge of robotic . Made possible with Microsoft Kinect !
Google Autonomous car made possible with LIDAR technology (light + radar)
Moores law applies to sensors as well.
Waze crowdsources traffic data with Gps.
Waze takes advantage of two digital themes : The info is nonrival -doesn't get used up and cheap to make another digital copy.(zero marginal cost of reproduction)
Information is costly to originally produce but cheap to reproduce.
This is Nina Munks reporting on what she calls in the afterward " The Complex Politics of Poverty" . Listen to this as an audiobook during drive timeThis is Nina Munks reporting on what she calls in the afterward " The Complex Politics of Poverty" . Listen to this as an audiobook during drive time followed by reading it in Overdrive on my IPad which I found enjoyable.
Here is a Bill Gates piece on why Jeffrey Sachs Matters.
This book took me a long time to read and although I didn't find the writing quality exceptional or the content consistently interesting, I feel it deserves a five. This is based on the evidence based information found here and the likelihood that the reader with find something worthwhile, motivational and practical to put to use.
Fun Facts:(to remind me in the future) Modern day African Hunters on a long,slow pursuit of prey average 3.8 miles an hour.
Chocolate Milk is excellent recovery treat.
Running is good for your knees.
Excessive Ibuprofin prevents the healing that occurs naturally.
No cell is unaffected by motion. Your very DNA is changed.
Most Americans take 5000 steps a day ( 18,500 for Amish Male)
The minimum for health is 500 Mets of exercise a week - a single met is = to a minute of energy required at rest.