EdgePoint Investment team book club
How does our Investment team come up with their insights? For starters, they like to read…a lot. In the past we’ve shared their favourite reads, and now we’re taking it to the next level. Introducing the Investment team book club, a roundtable discussion of books that each member must read. We hope they will lead to spirited conversations about themes important to any investment professional. This first curated list of books conjures lessons from the past and peeks into the future:
The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith
Famed Harvard economist (and member of the Order of Canada) John Kenneth Galbraith's look at how speculation was a major factor to the stock market crash that ended the Roaring 20s, and the difficult recovery after. A very readable look back at events now almost a century old.
Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s by Frederick L. Allen
Written in 1931, Only Yesterday covers American history from the end of the first World War to the start of the Great Depression. Those dozen years are brought to life with a broad range of topics including politics, finance and even fashion.
AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan
The former president of Google China teamed up with a novelist to write 10 short stories about how artificial intelligence could shape the world in 20 years. Set in various cities around the world, they look into the many ways that computers could change different aspects of our lives and how "the future" isn't as far away as it seems.
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
A look into the present and future of A.I. by an MIT professor. Recent innovations are the starting point to explore the different aspects of life that could be affected, from entertainment to crime and even outer space.
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
Behind A.I. are the algorithms that help them learn and make decisions. This book looks at the labs developing the ones powering companies like Google and Amazon, as well as the traits that make the "perfect" algorithm.
AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
Dr. Lee looks at the two leaders in A.I. development - China and the U.S. While A.I. could benefit society, the book discusses the possible effects on future jobs, both blue and white
collar. More importantly, Dr. Lee talks about both potential problems by implementing the technology and their solutions.
Human+ Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI by Paul R. Daugherty & H. James Wilson
An examination of how A.I. is affecting businesses at various levels today and where it could go in the future. It include six new roles that companies should develop to succeed, as well as five rules for management to help maximize A.I. integration.
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
An exploration of the risks we may encounter as a species in the development of A.I. At its heart is the idea that humanity can define the next stage of the evolution of A.I. so that we aren't as dependent on it.
The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese
Each of the three previous eras of mankind were defined by technology – fire, agriculture and the wheel/writing. The Fourth Age looks at A.I. and robotics, the inventions that may usher in our next era and how it could change humanity.
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