Books: They’re What’s for Dinner!


Okay, it’s been a couple of weeks. Let’s do some book recommendations backstory
on this segment. I used to do these weekly, the segments did
terribly on YouTube. We stopped doing them, but due to popular
demand, people said, David, please bring back the book recommendation, so I’m doing this
like every two to three weeks. I will will remind you, and this is what hopefully
will make this a worthwhile to continue doing. If you go to David pakman.com/recommendations
you will find all of these recommendations and others with Amazon links where if you
buy them through the links at David pakman.com/recommendations we get a slice like Andrew Yang likes to say,
a slice of an Amazon transaction. We get a slice of your Amazon transaction. If you use the links at David pakman.com/recommendations
to buy these books. I’ve got two nonfiction books here and two
fiction books. Let’s get right into it. First one, nonfiction life 3.0 by max Tegmark. This is a great book about artificial intelligence. I believe that it was build Gates who had
recommended this one, at least put it on my radar. Very, very good because it is not hyperbolic. This book life 3.0 we’ll take all of the different
fears and hypotheses around the development of artificial intelligence and it will sort
of like simmer down and speak in much more measured ways about the risks and the possibilities
of artificial intelligence. I highly recommend it. It has some parts in it that you can sort
of skip depending on your knowledge of technology. I just read the entire thing. Um, but definitely don’t miss this one. Life 3.0 by max Tegmark second nonfiction
book today. This one I read, uh, about a year ago. This is called traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. This is a book about traffic on the roads
and it will explain to you there. So traffic is interesting because the, the,
the concept of traffic is interesting because there are like mathematical elements to understanding
why is it that we’re going so slowly if there is no crash, like what, what’s causing this
slow down? I don’t understand that. What is the most efficient means of merging
when there is emerge? There are a lot of, a lot of mathematical
considerations around traffic, but there’s also a lot of sociology and culture around
how highway systems are designed in different countries. Um, there are probably other examples that
I’m forgetting here. This book, uh, discusses a lot of that traffic,
why we drive the way we do and what it says about us by Tom Vanderbilt. Get it, enjoy it. If you don’t drive, you will certainly get
pleasure out of, uh, taking public transit after reading this book. For sure. Let’s now do two fiction recommendations. All right. Now this one I was very hesitant to, so I,
I in general, I’m kind of hesitant often to jump into authors that do like the massive
bestsellers that sometimes feel sort of like there for the lowest common denominator. And I don’t say that at any kind of, I dunno,
pejorative way, but like I’ve never read a Stephen King book up until a few months ago. I just kind of resisted the craze around it. Whatever this book is really worth reading. It’s a big one. It is 21, a New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. I’ve read nothing else by Kim Stanley Robinson
in my life. This was thoroughly enjoyable without passing
any judgment of any kind on any other work by Robinson. This is a great book because it combines great
readability, interesting characters with the issue of climate change, climate, destabilization
of rising sea wa a sea level. And a lot of the stuff that we’re dealing
with today, I don’t know that I need to say much more about it, but if you’re into Saifai,
if you’re into climate change, dystopian sort of stuff, this is a great book. It is about 600 pages. It goes quickly. It really is a quick read, as quick as 600
pages can be. And lastly, this was recommended to me by,
um, a writer, Elliott pepper, who I will sometimes trade recommendations with and whose books
I recommended before. It is called ABA. God row Corp or avocado corporation is what
it stands for. Avogadro’s corporation in the book. This is by William Hertling. This is a place holder for a sort of massive
multinational could be Google, like could be Apple, like you know that type of company
and it is, let’s see, how much do I want to say about it? Let’s just say that it takes, you know how
Gmail now has this feature where it has predictive text. If you haven’t turned on as you’re writing,
it will consider what it is likely you are going to write and let you auto fill. It will say, Oh, you’re probably, if you start
saying, um, let’s figure out tomorrow whether we can increase, it might add in the prices
if it knows that you’re often talking about increasing or decreasing prices or whatever. The book jumps off from the idea of a more
advanced version of that Gmail feature that doesn’t do predictive text on the basis of
what it thinks you are likely to want to say. But it actually can restructure emails on
the basis of who the recipient is to make them more influential when the recipient gets
that email. So I might write a sales email and the function
might say, Oh, based on who it’s going to, here’s how that email could be rewritten to
make it more likely that you’re going to make a sale. That’s the idea and it expands from there
into the problems that come from that. Really, really good. It’s actually kind of good to pair this as
a fiction book. Oh, with life 3.0 by max Tegmark so check
these out, all of these and many more recommendations available at David pakman.com/recommendations
any links you use on that page to buy these or other books, we will get a slice of those
Amazon purchases, which is a really, really great thing and I appreciate everybody who
is already doing that.

47 thoughts on “Books: They’re What’s for Dinner!

  1. I just finished my first reading of War and Peace. I say first reading because it is such a titanic book that I'm sure I will get as much out of it the second time I read it. I recommend it to anyone.

  2. Wow! Really wasn't expecting the part where David gets crushed to death by the new platinum edition of Infinite Jest falling from the sky

  3. I recently read the Kim Stanley Robinson book "New York 2140". I'm not a fan of his writing. But is well worth a read for a realistic look at what life might be like if we don't do something soon about man made climate change.

  4. I personally really like KimSR. I haven’t read NY 2140, but it wouldn’t be his first SF book dealing with climate change (cf. his 40/50/60 trilogy).

  5. Read Maxim Gorky’s “ My Childhood” a self biography from someone who without proper education, where instead your hard work’s experiences becomes your universities, writes one of the most beautiful books ever written! He was actually friends with Lenin.

  6. I would like to recommend a book I'm reading called "Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe" by Roger McNamee. As one would expect from the title, its about how Facebook is bad. Specifically how Facebook is bad for political life, privacy concerns and misuse of data to manipulate people. It is interesting and has a lot of rather concerning information in it. The first 100 pages or so are a bit rough and not super interesting but it seems to be improving now that he has set the stage for the rest of the book. As for fiction, I'd recommend the wonderful book by Neil Gaiman call "Anansi Boys." Feel free to comment with some books I should read. I'm always looking for new and interesting things to read.

  7. Sorry in advance for I know this isnt the right place. The way we take out Warren is by asking and pressuring her on her foreign policy. No One Is Doing This and we are in War ALL OVER the world. Foreign policy is her achilles heal. I can feel it! We should not belittle this limitation of Warren. #Bernie2020

  8. #1 for short reading should always be Smedley Butler's "War is a Racket". It always applies regardless of current era.

  9. Wow I have contimplated traffic alot in my life lol gonna need to get that book. It was u expected but that does seem interesting

  10. Max Tegmark, his one dementional physics is cool.
    Also, way to brag about reading an entire book David.
    I've heard when its 100% automated traffic, the space between parallel cars on the highway will be like 3 feet! Yikes, that would take some getting use to

  11. That traffic book is my next nonfiction I’ll get! Thanks! I’ve read a book about Seeds (the Triumph of Seeds) four or five times and am still so interested in it. I’m always interested in traffic stuff. I know these segments aren’t huge for you, but I love them!! I’m generally reading four books at once (fiction, nonfiction, fantasy or sci-fi, and memoir or biography, one of those being an audiobook) and I really enjoy getting recommendations from people outside my bubble. Super!

  12. One that I recommend is chariot of the gods by Eric Von Daniken. Read it in middle school. I was in to the ancient astronaut theory at the time and loved the book

  13. I think he'll make a video about anything that pops into his mind as long as he can say his own name over and over again and watch his own face continually.

    Holy narcissism Batman!

  14. Remember "Slice" (A Registered trademark of the Coke-A-Cola company)
    T'was, and may still be, an orange flavored, carbonated candy water. Arch enemy of toothpaste & floss and un rivaled by any other orange flavored soft drink apart from Oringina, Hi-C and Frutopia if I'm not mistaken. Hawian Punch comes close but is without a citrus persuasion. You'll remember it being the preferred beverage of the lovable and kooky Kel, of Keenan and Kel and Goodburger fame!

  15. That what you do in your spare time David Counting Cars.
    Really you get pleasure taking public transport after reading it….! I think it will probably shock you more

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