Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas

Daniel Drezner

The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas by Daniel Drezner

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

Niall Ferguson

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson

The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy (Our Compelling Interests)

Scott E. Page

The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy (Our Compelling Interests) by Scott E. Page

The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes

Margaret Mark & Carol Pearson

The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes by Margaret Mark & Carol Pearson

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

Matthew B. Crawford

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford

Who Gets What ― and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design

Alvin E. Roth

Who Gets What ― and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design by Alvin E. Roth

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

Geoffrey West

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey West

What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data

Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring

What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data by Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring

I often post books that are abstract (and at times philosophical) ideas around AI. This book very clearly brushes off the need to address thinking machines, robot takeover and the super intelligence. Instead it gives real, tangible and easy to cite stats and ideas surrounding automation, innovation and emerging business models. If you're struggling to share notes on AI with business people this book will likely untangle your points and help you to get your points across.

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Garry Kasparov

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov

Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm

Christian Madsbjerg

Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg

According to wikipedia Sensemaking is the process by which people give meaning to their collective experiences (Laura McNamara gives a more thoughtful definition). This book by Madsbjerg is a great compass for human first thinking in linear, high speed environments. It touches on data (thick, thin), human decision making, priority mechanisms (sprints et al) and leaves us with actionable frames to think differently. Highly recommended.

The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

Gillian Tett

The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers by Gillian Tett

I often find myself in a room, being briefed on a client problem (either directly or from an agency). 9 times out of 10 the answer, symptom and cause to the problem is silo-ed innovation. This book by Gillian Tett is wonderful articulation of that grade of problems, with plenty of examples.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Prof Klaus Schwab

The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Prof Klaus Schwab

What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence

John Brockman

What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence  by John Brockman

John Brockman is an author, literally agent and the founder of Edge FoundationThrough Edge's Annual Question Edge manages to bring together some of the brightest minds in the worlds to answer some of the most complex questions we're struggling with. This response to the 2015 question is a well balanced, and thought–provoking. It will leave you with as many answers as new questions. Recommended for anyone who does not buy ideas whole sale, and wants to look at the problem of AI from a range of different perspectives.

Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension

Samuel Arbesman

Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension by Samuel Arbesman

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Steven Johnson

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future

Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Martin Ford

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is an author and a journalist, mostly known for his book (and later movie) Moneyball. In this title Lewis covers the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Friends and collaborators who together wrote the field of behavioral economics. Their respective essays, books and engagements heavily promoted the field of cognitive biases, decision making systems and risk analysis.I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the role of cognition in the interaction with AI systems — or if you want to unpack the term human–based computation.

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

Todd Rose

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose

Excellent book by Todd Rose, of The Mind, Brain, & Education Program at Harvard. Rose's hypothesis is that average has moved from simply being a mathematical tool, to now acting as a social, economic and educational framework. Highly recommended for who questions a singular way of looking at things.

The Industries Of The Future

Alec Ross

The Industries Of The Future by Alec Ross

Alec Ross is a technology thinker, writer and an accomplished policy expert. Through his work in government he travelled around the world, often being asked how can other countries replicate Silicon Valley's success. All the time gaining perspectives and learning new models of incorporating technology at scale. Things like Estonia's e–residency to decentralized crypto–driven businesses and sharing economies. It is a great view into the future, but also very much anchored in the present, trying not to leave anyone behind. Recommended for anyone interested in a global perceptive on innovation, automation and forecasting.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

Kevin Kelly

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future  by Kevin Kelly

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

John Brockman

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress by John Brockman

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Walter Isaacson

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Jon Gertner

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner

Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots

John Markoff

Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots by John Markoff

John Markoff is a journalist and an author, mostly known for his work at the New York Times. In this title he explores the difference between the AI school of thought, and the IA (intelligence augmentation) one. He highlights interesting distinctions between the two approached, without being categorical.Recommended for anyone who is designing AI system and curious if it's an 'it' or a 'who'. Are we building tools, or intelligent beings.

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

Ray Kurzweil

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil is a successful entrepreneur, inventor and author. He is also the co–founder and chair of the Singularity university and currently director of engineering at Google. This book is the most succinct view you can find on building an artificial brain. It is in the core of the brain as a computer problem point of view, which is responsible for questionable predictions about machines taking over the human race. Nonetheless, this is an important read for a balanced point of view. 

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

George Dyson

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson

Alan Turing's contributions to science and computers are beyond doubt. His work on information technology, cryptography, and logic is still echoing today (especially around the Turing Machine and intelligent agents). Dyson does more than just tell the story of Turing. The book shares the eco–system Turing lived and worked within. It reinforces the value in polymathic thinking, and tells the story of other statisticians, biologists and logicians. Those insights are surprisingly valuable in today's context, as a lot of those problems dealt with in the early days of computing are still unsolved.

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

Stephon Alexander

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe by Stephon Alexander

On Intelligence

Jeff Hawkins

On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins is another successful entrepreneur. Jeff is the founder of Palm Pilot, and in recent years has moved his interest to neuroscience. He established the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and has an interesting point of view on smart machines, sensory augmentation and the roles of machines in this collaboration. Hawkins' views will seem refreshing following Kurzweil's cumbersome predictions of chips in brains and downloading life onto a server.