Just finished Machine, Platform, Crowd by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. Very good read as an overview of current trends in technology and their impact on society. If I fault it for anything it was that it really covered a lot of common ground. However, that could be that I have already read a bunch of books in this genre.
In today’s world, we often undervalue writers–especially journalists. The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order is a great example of the difference that the solid writing and thoughtfulness of professional journalists can make. Paul Vigna and Michael Casey have put together a well-research, balanced, study of cryptocurrency which stands above the myriad of books out there on the subject. If you want to read one book about cryptocurrency, read this one.
Future Crimes by Marc Goodman is pretty scary. There is nothing like a giant reminder of just how dependent on technology we are and how insecure that technology is. Marc’s work in law enforcement gives him a unique perspective on the state of cyber security, and this book should serve as a wake-up call to us all.