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Recommended Reading from SPS01E005

If you are looking for the books referenced in SurrealPolitiks S01E005, you can find those links below.

I read a book not so long ago by Michael Wooldridge, titled “A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence: What It Is, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going” (which you can get from our partners, BooksAMillion or ThriftBooks, we’ll get a cut of the sale, if you do). It was hardly the most interesting thing I’ve read and, being a history, published in 2021, it is hardly up to speed on all the recent developments, but it did provide an interesting framework to think about the systems and the course of their development.

Another book I read that was helpful in thinking of these things was James Gleick’s “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood” published in 2011. (I’ll note once again that this book too, you can get from our partners, ThirftBooks or BooksAMillion, and ThriftBooks at the time of this writing, has used hardcovers for as little as $4.89 which is almost half the price of the paperback at Amazon.)

Another fascinating book I read was “Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought” by Pascal Boyer, which, again, you can obtain from our partners at BooksAMillion.