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December’23 playlist – SciFi

Dear nextbook.me reading friends,

We are approaching the end of December, and it is time for a quick summary of all the great books that were laid down for your inspiration this month. December was all about Science Fiction, mostly hard, and we hoped that you would join us in discovering some of the ancient wisdom relating to the technological future in these cool books:

231204 – 171 Robert Heinlein: Moon is a harsh mistress https://nextbook.me/171-robert-heinlein-moon-is-a-harsh-mistress/
231207 – 338 Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon
231211 – 112 Liu Cixin: The Three-Body Problem
231214 – 056 Douglas Adams: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
231218 – 577 Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game
231221 – 570 Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five
231225 – 392 Frank Herbert: Dune
231228 – 141 Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash

Science fiction plays a crucial role in today’s world, especially in relation to AI and society, for several reasons. First, it serves as a canvas for exploring the ethical implications and societal impacts of advanced AI, helping us anticipate and prepare for future challenges. Second, science fiction inspires innovation by presenting imaginative yet plausible scenarios, encouraging technologists and policymakers to think creatively about the integration of AI into daily life. Lastly, it fosters public dialogue about AI, making complex technological concepts accessible and engaging to a broader audience, thus promoting informed decision-making in a rapidly evolving digital world.

January 2024 will be all about AI, and we have nine great books lined up for you, books that anyone that wishes to participate in the urgent discussions of our future should read now. Stay tuned, and we hope you find time to listen. This is the future of lifelong learning.

Finally, as we end this tricky year of 2023, we wish you all the very best in 2024 – may you be happy and learn a lot.

Listen. Learn. Love. Happy new year!

From the NextBook.me team

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