Taste, Future and Politics #BooksThatFoundMe #3

Disclaimer: I (try to) read 4 books a month. They come from flea markets, second hand bookstores or a shelf where they are forgotten. I like to believe that books find people and not the opposite. This is definitely not a review but more of a narration of my encounter with these books.

This month was a busy one with only three books finished. An interesting mix between politics, future world domination and the exploration of what shapes our taste.

Who owns the future ?

In the uncertain times that we go through, “who owns the future?” is an important question. Not an easy read despite an “easy” title.

Beyond the obvious-cliche answers (Mark Zuckerberg, China…), Jaron Lanier is trying to explore the question in depth and get your attention to explain why the direction where we are going might not be the best one for us…humans.

Being one of the the first who worked on “virtual reality” and coined the word, it’s interesting to hear him warning us against what our reality could be the day we give it all to artificial intelligence, siren servers and anything non human.

And that’s he’s fight : keeping human at the centre of anything. Such an unpopular thought in times where machines are supposed to predict our futures and self driving car are celebrated as the safe option compared to humans.

A book worth spending time with, as an introduction to a much deeper research and thoughts about the subject.

You can check Jaron Lanier videos here

Goodreads review here

Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics

The book promise is to explain how billionaires took over politics, when one of them is becoming a president. I definitely needed to read this book. Lindsay Mark Lewis is telling his own story: a young guy who became a fundraiser, got into the game, loved it then hated it and ended up leaving it.

The book tells the story of how billionaires ended up controlling politics and policies through their donations. It definitely need a sequel as, we just saw it with Trump, some of these billionaires decided that it wasn’t enough and that they should also be running the political game.

I believe this is how this book needs to be read : the last step of Politics and Money love story, right before Money became politics with Trump’s election.

Goodreads review can be found here

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

I’ve never been really interested in cooking/food books. The only one I read was the 4-hours-chef by Tim Ferris and it’s more a book about acquiring skills than food. Even if it taught me how to cook a bar-style steak

The reason why this book found me is the fascination I recently developed for Tasty, the food channel on social media. I started checking it out when I saw how obsessed few people in my team with food videos.

This book is not related to this channel at all. It’s a more serious, scientific, philosophical exploration of what shapes our taste. It took me a hundred pages to start enjoying this book but it’s definitely an interesting one to read, where you learn something every few pages.

Goodreads review here