The third quarter saw continuing interest in freelancing, robots, dinosaurs, bees, and the cryosphere.
On the robot front, there is a burgeoning new topic of “robot social psychology”, (re-)discovering classic social psychological findings. Amazingly enough, people interact with “humanoid” robots with similar heuristics, assumptions, and biases as they do with “humanoid” humans.
The exciting space news is asteroid missions, with JAXA’s Hyabasu-2 on station and dropping landers and NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission on approach. If all goes well, in the next few years we’ll get not one but two samples returned from these missions. Cool!
Cryptocurrency and blockchains continue to provide fertile blogfodder. As the year progresses, the competition for the ultra-coveted CryptoTulip of the Year award heats up. Who will “win” this year? Stay tuned for an exciting fourth quarter!
And, as always weekly book reviews. (Actually, quite a few more than one book per week this quarter.)
Books Q3 2018
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
City of Demons by Paul French
Totally Random by Tanya Bub and Jeffrey Bub
The Tangled Tree by David Quammen
Nothing edited by Jeremy Webb
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Ours To Hack And To Own edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider
Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Open Me by Lisa Locascio
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This Body’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us by Edgar Cantero
I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher
Constance Verity Saves The World by A. Lee Martinez
Only To Sleep by Lawrence Osborne
Tell The Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams
Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen
Red Waters Rising by Laura Ann Gilman
Kudos by Rachel Cusk
The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
There, There by Tommy Orange
Ideas for Band Names
Bison Calves of Banff
Flugroboter! (pron.: Floog-robotah)