The Best Books of 2018

The Best Books of 2018
— Read on kottke.org/18/12/the-best-books-of-2018

Digging into this today. I’ve been on an audiobook kick this year mainly due to my awesome AirPods. They are so comfortable to wear while I walk the dogs and workout.

A few I enjoyed this year:

  • Sapiens
  • How to change your mind
  • Why Buddhism is true
  • The wizard and the prophet
  • Ecopraxia

I’ve mostly been on the non-fiction kick except for my hard science fiction guy Peter Wells. His stuff is so smart it makes me feel like a little kid trying to read Brave New World again. I know I don’t know most of the stuff he is talking about but I do know it’ll be helpful to know about in the future.

What are you reading?

The Digital Maginot Line

The Digital Maginot Line
— Read on www.ribbonfarm.com/2018/11/28/the-digital-maginot-line/

Influence operations exploit divisions in our society using vulnerabilities in our information ecosystem. We have to move away from treating this as a problem of giving people better facts, or stopping some Russian bots, and move towards thinking about it as an ongoing battle for the integrity of our information infrastructure – easily as critical as the integrity of our financial markets. When it’s all done and over with, we’ll look back on this era as being as consequential in reshaping the future of the United States and the world as World War II.

This is what I am trying to get at when I say that social networks aren’t useful. There are much better methods of communication than signing up for a closed system that is purpose built to agree with you on everything. Resulting in your unwavering attention and obedience.

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