Books are considered a man’s best friend. So, in such distressing times, it is a good idea to indulge in some of the literary masterpieces to learn about some major challenges that giant tech apps face and companies like Uber go through. This compiled list contains the top-rated books that feature everything from artificial intelligence to the horrifying working situation at many organizations and some of the most drastic state-sponsored hacking attempts.
So, gear yourself with best-selling books that can unfold a world of mysteries and speculations about the tech giants of our recent times.
Rana Foroohar’s “Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech”
An informing book that can make the readers slightly nervous about the insights of all the tech giants and how they turned against their founding principles with times. All the claims and the latest information about Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Uber are present in this book.
“Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers” by Andy Greenberg
This book tells the thrilling story of Russian hacking mafia behind state-sponsored cyber-attacks in great detail.
“The Twittering Machine” by Richard Seymour
A sober book, based on the extreme use, and misuse, bordering to abuse of Twitter. Richard Seymour takes a special dig at the president of the US as he uses social media as a war machine, almost daily.
This book is dedicated to the Luddites. i.e. those who destroyed machinery during the revolutionizing of industries.
Stuart J. Russell’s “Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control”
The author is not new in the field of writing about Artificial intelligence and modern approaches, as well as the darker side of AI that may pose a threat to the future of humanity.
John Carreyrou’s “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”
A book about the fall of Elizabeth Holmes from the most successful to the World’s Most Disappointing leaders; this book gives the inside story about a huge setup, Theranos, which had claimed to be revolutionary in its way. Unfortunately, many factors led to its downfall, and Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos had a huge hand in setting the calamitic events in motion.
John Carreyrou is a renowned forensic analyst and he has investigated the whole matter of this now-defunct organization. His book is on its way to a Hollywood adaptation.
“Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men” by Caroline Criado Perez
This winner of the Financial Times’ Best Business Book of 2019 presents an insightful dig at the dangers of treating male bodies with the bias of “one-size-fits-men” in design, technology and highlighting numerous mismatches in the real life.
“Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech” by Jamie Susskind
As the name suggests, the book addresses some important questions related to a technologically developed world and its challenges in the future. The author does not take a special dig on any particular tech company, but he has addressed the issue of the digital lifeworld in great detail with some wonderful insights.
Alexis Wichowski’s “The Information Trade”
The author has included 100 interviews with the founders and operatives of the leading tech apps, to discuss and understand the ways through which the internet has and will keep on altering our lives.
“The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff
This book addresses one of the most major concerns of our time. Are our data and personal information safe with apps like Facebook, Google, etc.?
The author has used her expertise in social psychology to talk about issues of surveillance capitalism and has provided shocking revelations about how these apps are affecting us in more ways than we can even imagine.
Virginia Eubanks’s “Automating Inequality”
This book provides insights into the world of androids and how we are all controlled by these robots in our daily lives. It deals with inequality due to human distancing from their affairs by giving control to technology-driven robots.
“The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It)” by Jamie Bartlett
Another book about how politics and democracy are being affected by the increased reliance on Tech apps. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the threats that excessive usage of the Internet poses to all the facets of our lives.
James Bloodworth’s “Hired: Six Months Undercover in low wage Britain”
This book was selected as The Times’ current affairs book of 2018 for the Orwell Prize and it is all about the reality of the UK’s technology-driven economic society and how it affects the workers there.
“Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves” by John Cheney-Lippold
Algorithms are going to become our digital identities in the fully digitalized world, and this book addresses the problems that lie ahead all of us. It tells in detail the exact implications and how to solve this problem.
Mike Isaac’s “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber”
Mike Isaac is an award-winning New York Times technology reporter. He wrote this book about the most controversial ride application, Uber.
Without disrupting the face of the company, Isaac has done a remarkable job while he delved deeper and managed to unveil loads of information that can make users understand the “whats and whys” of the controversies that surround this most famous application, all over the world.
Corey Pein’s “Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley”
This book is a comprehensive picture of the most powerful cyber-industry that is obsessed to sustain at any cost.
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