Greatest summer time books of 2024: Expertise

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Book cover of ‘Burn Book’

Burn E-book: A Tech Love Story by Kara Swisher (Little, Brown)

As a blogger, columnist and podcaster, Swisher is without doubt one of the most readable and best-connected critics of our digital age. Right here she will get up shut and private with the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Lengthy on anecdote, quick on evaluation, Burn E-book is “a book-length model of a tweet storm,” the FT overview concluded.

Book cover of ‘The AI Mirror’

The AI Mirror: The right way to Reclaim Our Humanity in an Age of Machine Pondering by Shannon Vallor (OUP)

There was a deluge of books on AI this 12 months. The AI Mirror by the thinker Vallor is among the many most thought-provoking. The “utopian clergymen” who at present run our tech world are utilizing AI as a method to strengthen flawed human energy constructions. AI’s nice promise, Vallor argues, is to assist reinvent them.

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Darkish Wire: The Unimaginable True Story of the Largest Sting Operation Ever by Joseph Cox (PublicAffairs)

An investigative reporter recounts the extraordinary story of how the FBI secretly launched its personal encrypted communications app to show and entrap the world’s smugglers, cash launderers and hitmen. However this true techno-thriller additionally raises some unnerving questions on privateness, deception and accountability in our digital age.

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Book cover of ‘The Atomic Human’

The Atomic Human: Understanding Ourselves within the Age of AI by Neil D Lawrence (Allen Lane)

As a Cambridge laptop science professor and a former Amazon director, Lawrence understands each the idea and follow of AI. His clear-eyed e-book expertly explains the capabilities — and limitations — of machine intelligence. Ignore the doomsayers: human intelligence nonetheless has loads going for it, he argues.

Book cover of ‘There Is No Ethan’

There Is No Ethan: How Three Girls Caught America’s Largest Catfish by Anna Akbari (Grand Central Publishing)

Ethan Schuman is a witty and seductive, however considerably elusive, determine who individually captivates three very smart girls on-line. However is he all he appears? On this real-life, page-turning exploration of human relationships mediated by expertise, Akbari reveals Ethan to be a catfish, or faux identification, concealing a surprising actuality.

Developing in Summer time Books 2024 . . . 

All this week, FT writers and critics share their favourites. Some highlights are:

Monday: Enterprise by Andrew Hill
Economics by Martin Wolf
Atmosphere by Pilita Clark
Thursday: Fiction by Laura Battle and Andrew Dickson
Friday: Historical past by Tony Barber
Saturday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
Sunday: FT journalists choose their favorite e-book of 2024 to date

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