As avid readers, we wanted to start a community for fellow techies to get together once a month in a quaint London pub for real ales and real conversation about real books! So we did…
Each month, we put a vote out for our members to choose a book from a shortlist of five, for us to discuss at the upcoming event. The event will be announced within a week of the previous one, along with the shortlist.
We have a great following already via email. You can sign up for email updates here.
There’s also a Facebook group where you can join in the discussion with other members, which you can join here.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our first TechTech Book Club is due to take place in October 2018, with a venue and date to be confirmed shortly. We have already selected a shortlist of books to choose from, for which you can read a brief synopsis below. Then vote for your choice using the poll at the bottom of this post.
By Michael J Casey
Reaching beyond the dreary topic of Bitcoin, this book promises a deep look at how the blockchain “can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself.”
By Simon Marvin, Andres Luque-Ayala and Colin McFarlane
Promises an in-depth discussion of the practicalities and implications of the smart cities phenomenon, the capabilities and developments being worked on, and the problems being solved.
By James Gliek
This book won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books back in 2012. It’s an exploration of how human beings have evolved communication strategies over time to transmit information, leading to the data deluge we’re in the midst of now.
By Jaron Lanier
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, & Vox, this book by the so-called ‘father of VR’ exposes VR’s ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species, and gives readers a new perspective on how the brain and body connect to the world.
By Emily Devenport
Our sci-fi option is a light and easy read, and lauded as one of the top new releases this year in the genre. It approaches the subject of sentient AI and the prospect of a symbiotic relationship with a cyborg, a biological but enhanced, human.