A glimpse of the technology industry in the past, present and possible future.
♦ The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies
by Jason Fagone
The award-winning movie “Hidden Figures” has got to make you question what other technological achievements by women are buried in history. Here’s to another unsung hero, Elizebeth Smith Friedman, a cryptanalyst who played a huge role in cracking the Nazi’s Enigma machine - a feat which history has mostly credited to Alan Turing. Jason Fagone’s in-depth research and compelling narrative also brings to life her intelligence-gathering operations, catching the bad guys including Nazis, and marriage to fellow code-breaker and confidante, William Friedman. An extraordinary person in extraordinary events, the book proves to be quite a ride.
♦ Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
by Jason Schreier
As video games turn into an essential part of pop culture, fans might wonder what happens behind the scenes. How do developers decide on what to scrap and what to bring to the table? What processes factor into an indie game’s success, and how does a much-hyped game flop? Why does the game industry continue to crunch - the nightmarish process of finishing a game with an inadequate amount of time and manpower? Jason Schreier mostly caters to fans of the popular games covered in this book, including The Witcher 3, Destiny, Uncharted 4 and Stardew Valley, but he also offers interesting insights even if your interest is casual.
♦ The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond
by Michio Kaku
It’s only a matter of time before human civilization expands beyond Earth, the result of various natural and human threats along with technological advancements. Physicist and futurist Michio Kaku can’t tell the future, but he can take you to a highly possible one where science fiction becomes reality. In easily understandable explanations with the bonus of popular movie references, he describes the technologies that could be used to explore space, how humans may create bases and begin terraforming other planets, what measures will need to be taken by humans to adapt to their new lifves, and many more. If this doesn’t pique your interest, you might still be living in the past.