Forum reading

I’ve been attending the OECD Forum this week, and as ever have met many interesting people. I always note at a conference the books people are talking about, as it can be zeitgeisty. So here are the ones I picked up this time.

Cesar Hidalgo – himself author of the fascinating Why Information Grows – highly recommended Disrupted by Dan Lyons.

Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to EconomiesĀ  Disrupted: Ludicrous Misadventures in the Tech Start-up Bubble

I met two authors talking about their books, Philippe Legrain on European Spring. And Pedro Domingos, author of The Master Algorithm. Quote of the Forum came from the latter: “Algorithms are only human.”

European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

One session was shaped around a book by Peter Diamandis, Bold. Not so sure I’ll read this one as I wasn’t crazy about his previous one, Abundance. Too breathless for someone nerdy like me. But I know many people liked it.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

There were some ‘Meet the Author’ sessions I didn’t get to, including Paul Mason on his Postcapitalism and Brooke Harrington on Capital Without Borders.