These are books I have recently read.
One of my resolutions for 2018 was to read at least one book per month.
To hold myself accountable to that resolution,
I have decided to rate and describe the books on this website.
All ratings are out of a possible 5 stars.
Book Description: Wow.
I have never been so excited to read about humanity seizing to exist. Philosopher Nick Bostrom imagines different paths that artificial intelligence could take. For each of these paths, he provides guidelines for how to implement the technology to avoid a catastrophic outcome. Very inspirational, very shocking, and very real. Nick Bostrom has somehow turned the (from a technology perspective) laughable idea of a terminator and turned it into realistic scenarios.
Book Description: Deep Dive into a different world.
The way Travor Noah tells his story is incredible. It reminds me of a science fiction tale because the experiences he has made are so far from my own realitiy that they seem unreal. The experience to dive into a world so different from mine is incredible. The fact that Travor Noah tells a very serious story, but still makes you laugh most of the time show his talent as an author and a comedian.
Book Description: Surprisingly boring.
Except for a few insights into the working of the white house, this was a very boring book. A compilation of information that has already been presented on several news channels and late-night talk shows. The writing is very sensational even though the content is not. A very dry book that does not provide any inspiration, lessons, or knowledge for the reader.
Book Description: Intersting book (for an engineer).
I read this book while also reading "Introduction to Space Dynamics" and "Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics" for one of my research project. For more information regarding this project please refer to section "Machine Learning in Space" on the Home page of my website. All books were very helpful, but Fundamentals of Astrodynamics was not only interesting, but also inspiring and really motivating. It is hard to read this book and not think: Wow rockets are freaking amazing.
Book Description: Motivating.
Very intersting book about branding and creating passive income. Unfortunately, it was more of a "Brand your own business" book than a "Build your own business" book. However, it was still a pretty good read.
Book Description: Did humans become gods?
Harrari shows in a very entertaining way how the challenges of all previous forms of life have been significantly different from the challenges of human kind in the present. He attempts to predict how this will shape the future of humanity and which decisions we will make. One of the most interesting theories of his is that the same technologies that will be developed to help the sick and old, will be used to strengthen and enrich the capabilities of those who are already fit. This will lead to a split between the rich and poor so significant that he considers them different species. Conventional humans will then possibly find themselve oppressed by the species of the Homo Deus.
Book Description: Very applicable
Murnigham's book is supposed to teach managers how to become better and more efficient at their job by doing less. He has great techniques to include your leadership style and his advice can be applied no matter if you are a manager or not. I personally found the book extremely helpful in my role as treasurer of the International Student Association at MSU. Motivating and leading others by example without putting yourself in the position where you have to do everything yourself is tough. But this book has definitly made it a lot easier.
Book Description: Accurate Preditctions.
Peters attempt to predict future innovations and the key factors for companies to be successful in the future. The catch is, this book has been written in 1997. When I found it at used-book-sale, I hoped for the book to either be hilariously wrong or surprisingly accurate. The second was the case. The author predicted GM and Nokia going bankrupt and mentioned the factors that ultimately ended up making companies like Nvidia and Tesla successful.
Book Description: Ridiculous, but funny.
Munroe shows that the statement "There are no dumb questions" can be taken to literally. The author attempts to use scientific methods to explore the most absurd questions people could come up with: What if the earth stopped spinning? Can I swim in a the cooling pool of a nuclear reactor? While the book is definitly not a scientific paper, it is a very entertaining read.
Autonomous Driving will be the biggest challenge and disruption
for the automotive industry in the coming decades.
I am excited to become a part of this incredible mobility revolution.
I have gained experience in the field of self-driving vehicles
during my internships at BOSCH, TESLA, dSPACE, FORD,
and as part of MSU's AutoDrive Team.
Furthermore, I have acquired useful skills in simulation technology, Linear Algebra,
and Machine Learning while working in a research lab on space object classification.
As a 4.0 student in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science,
I believe to have the necessary academic background
to successfully accelerate the development of autonomous systems.
For more information, please refer to my LinkedIn:
This page includes a summary of my
work experience and my projects.
This page includes my resume including my
most recent experience at Ford.
This page includes ratings of the books I have
most recently read.
This page includes some pictures and stories
of places I have traveled.
Please consider this website as a project in progress rather than a finished product.
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Thank you for reading!