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Kyte Gurner

Sydney, Australia
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  • AI Superpowers

  • China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
  • By: Kai-Fu Lee
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

In his provocative new book, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee - one of the world’s most respected experts on artificial intelligence - reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US, the leader in AI, at an astonishingly rapid pace. Building upon his longstanding US-Sino technology career (working at Apple, Microsoft, and Google) and his much-heralded New York Times Op-Ed from June 2017, Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on not just traditional blue-collar industries but will also have a devastating effect on white-collar professions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Open minded people will be amazed by this book

  • By Derek on 30-10-2018

A Timely Read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-2019

This book is a timely read to get a better understanding of the current and future situation of emerging information technology.
I have found that most common literature on AI and other emerging information technologies have a Western flavor to it. Reading this book has given me a brief insight into the thinking process and cultural attitudes of the other major (and maybe even more influential?) global leader - China - in shaping the future of technology.

  • Ball Lightning

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. The more he learns, the more he comes to realise that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen's quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing this elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating speculation fiction

  • By Kyte Gurner on 14-04-2019

A fascinating speculation fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2019

Ball Lightning's story is okay, but I wouldn't say it is amazing. Where this book truely shines is in its speculation of uncharted physics. I found Cixin's speculation on physics to be quite fascinating and entertaining to listen to, and overall enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Death's End

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 29 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge, and, with human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has made humanity complacent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great ending to a great series

  • By Kyte Gurner on 08-04-2019

Great ending to a great series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2019

Death's End is a worthy ending to a truely amazing series. It isn't as thought provoking as the other books in the series, but overall is a great story. When I first began reading the 'three body problem' series, I was not expecting such a drastic shift in setting..... Cixin Liu's imagination is truely astonishing.

  • The Dark Forest

  • The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great second book

  • By Brian on 07-12-2016

Beyond Expectation - Thought Catalysing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-2019

I quite enjoyed the first book of the Three Body Problem series, so I gave this one a listen. This book was even more unputdownable than the first book! I found the ideas explored in this book to be quite profound and seriously thought provoking. I can't wait to start reading the last book of the series. I am hooked!

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-11-2016

Unexpected twist - Must Read for any physicist

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2019

I really enjoyed this book. I usually do not read fiction books, but the physics-y title drew me in. The story follows a physicist that uncovers the mysteries of a strange organisation, and the secrets behind a strange online VR game called 'Three Body'. In the process, he discovers many weird things that cannot be explained by the laws of physics, such as the strangely fluctuating CMB and the break down of local position invariance. The unexpected unraveling of the mysteries presented in the story was extremely gripping. I will surely read/listen to more fiction, thanks to this book!

  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just try 3 Laws

  • By Tom on 23-04-2018

Great, but a bit tedious

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2019

48 Laws of power contains many jewels of valuable wisdom that is insightful and crucial for any leader. Despite this, I found it very tedious listening to the examples and counter examples stories used to back up each 'law'. It felt like the most important messages were sparce. I understand that some people enjoy the careful elaboration on each insight that this book provides, but be aware that this book will not be a fast listen.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2017

Theory into practice

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2019

This book is unique in that not only does it explores many interesting ideas and topics in computer science such as caching and optimal stopping, it goes onto explaining how these topics can be applied in real daily life, such as the optimal algorithm to settle on a car park when searching for a parking spot. The book's strong focus on real life applications of the theories makes the book extremely engaging to listen to. Highly recommended!