book reviews

Reviews of must-read books that explore the history of technology, what our future looks like and how these scientific advancements impact the way humans think, work, live and communicate.

  • Caitlin McDonald
    Published 11 months ago
    The Decision Maker's Handbook to Data Science: Book Review

    The Decision Maker's Handbook to Data Science: Book Review

    For the uninitiated, data scientists can seem like mystic oracles bringing esoteric wisdom from the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Unfortunately this opacity is leading to increasing skepticism of the field’s effectiveness, with less than 9% of businesses actually able to quantify the impact of their data science investment according to a 2018 survey by Domino Data Lab, and 85% of businesses’ big data projects failing according to 2018 Gartner research. Data science has enormous potential when done right, but the costs of failure are extremely high.
  • Jared Rimer
    Published 2 years ago
    Book Review: 'Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground' by Kevin Poulsen

    Book Review: 'Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground' by Kevin Poulsen

    Hello everyone, this is Jared, this time I’m here on Vocal to talk about a book entitled Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen as I’ve recently read it as of late.
  • Salvador Lorenz
    Published 2 years ago
    Best Books on Robotics

    Best Books on Robotics

    When science fiction blurs with modern technology, that's when you receive the keys to the future; something as worthwhile and as revolutionary as the lightbulb and electricity itself: robotics. The next step in our technological evolution will be the enhancements in artificial intelligence, of course, but robotics in of itself seems to be completely ignored by many, mainly for its slow decline in popularity, when the realities behind super-intelligent robotics are slim to none.
  • Iggy Paulsen
    Published 2 years ago
    Best Artificial Intelligence Books You Should Read

    Best Artificial Intelligence Books You Should Read

    Humanity is currently standing at the cusp of a new technological revolution. It's a revolution that will turn our computers, cellphones, and other devices into something a little more human. With the improvements that artificial intelligence has been making, our devices are now capable of thinking on their own.
  • Eric Barrows
    Published 3 years ago
    We Are Kinakuta/We Are the Blockchain

    We Are Kinakuta/We Are the Blockchain

    It is time to revisit Neal Stephenson’s 1999 novel Cryptonomicon with respect to the modern rise of the blockchain and cryptocurrency. The influence of this book cannot be overstated within certain circles. Peter Thiel even went on the record as stating that Cryptonomicon was “required reading” during the early days of PayPal, which is rather remarkable. Aside from Thiel’s obvious enthusiasm, Cryptonomicon was nominated for a Hugo, nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and it won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2000. I love the book for a great many reasons, and I am certainly not an outlier.