Best books for techies: 31 titles to check out (free PDF)

From books about Elon Musk, female technologists, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence to an analysis of the impact of tech on our society, this ebook will help you zero in on interesting and illuminating titles you can add to your reading list.

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions
In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking addressed the most pressing issues facing humanity today: Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Will technology save or destroy us? He emphasized using science to help solve the issues facing us, encouraging younger generations to “shape their future.” Hawking’s final book is an important read for people of all ages and walks of life.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
In this authorized biography of the Tesla tycoon, Ashlee Vance examines Musk’s life from childhood to his present-day achievements and everything in between. She refers to Musk as a mixture of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. Vance’s book is definitely worth a read.

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
Jaron Lanier is one of the founding fathers of virtual reality. In Dawn of the New Everything, he recounts his personal and professional life, reflects on how he’s been affected by technology, and examines what it’s like to be human in a time of unprecedented technological growth. Lanier elaborates on the ways VR illuminates and enhances our lives, as well as offers new viewpoints about how the human mind and body are connected to the world; he also outlines how VR is a scientific and cultural venture, and ways it can be utilized to enrich our lives.

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