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12 Tech Books and Podcasts for Families in 2019

Have you made a resolution to learn something new, read more, or become more familiar with technology? Well, look no further than our list of books and podcasts compiled by the Tech Will Save Us experts and parents that will help give you a handle on this ever changing world of technology and how it impacts our lives.

1) Podcast: Recode, Decode hosted by Kara Swisher

Why we like it: Kara Swisher has been interviewing the top leaders in technology and Silicon Valley before the internet was even a thing! She’s a big supporter of female founders and enjoys taking tech leaders to task about their role in shaping the ethics of technology.

2) Book: Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine by Hannah Fry  

Why we like it: This book deals with some of the biggest technology issues of our time, from A.I to machine learning.  Hannah Fry tackles them with refreshing simplicity, which is no mean feat! Fry has a way with words that can make anything interesting, a must read.

3) Book: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

Why we like it: Jaron Lanier is a computer philosopher and computer scientist who brings a unique perspective on the future of technology and in particular social media. This is a short read that ultimately challenges us to design a better future.

4) Book: The Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe

Why we like it: This is a great book for parents and kids to discuss together. Randall Munroe has a gift for explaining very complex ideas, such as nuclear physics, simply and with cartoons. He is focused on explaining what things do rather than what they are called. It’s also beautifully illustrated which brings those concepts to life.

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5) Book: Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The future of education for the 21st century by Rosemary Luckin

Why we like it: Rose’s book is a wonderfully eloquent read, which proposes why our future and the future of our kids is not about technology but about humanity valuing knowledge and intelligence and what this really means in an age of Artificial intelligence. An important read.

6) Book: Brief Answers to the Big Questions: the final book from Stephen Hawking

Why we like it: This final book from world renowned scientist Stephen Hawking reflects on the most important questions in contemporary science. It is a very accessible read and covers topics as mind boggling as time travel, black holes and whether or not artificial intelligence will harm us or help us which we will leave for you to. If you’re going to dip into Hawking for the first time, this is a good place to start.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions: the final book from Stephen Hawking

7) Podcast: Reply All hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman

Why we like it: This podcast is about the internet and the funny and sometimes frightening ways it impacts our lives. My tween daughter loves to listen to this with me, this particular episode kept our entire family enthralled on a recent road trip.

8) Podcast: Analog(ue) hosted by Myke Hurley and Casey Liss

Why we like it: This podcast looks at how devices and screens make us feel and how they can change our lives for both good and sometimes not so good. The episodes are varied and really gets to the heart of our emotional attachment to technology and increasingly, social media.

Science Friday podcast in action!

10) Podcast: Science Friday

Why we like it: The Sci-Fri has over 1.3 million weekly listens and has been going strong for decades in one form or another. Each episode deals with news and information in tech and science, from the latest Apple Event to learning about the Earth’s history. It’s easy to get into and you will always learn something new.

11) Book: Autonomy: The Quest To Build The Driverless Car And How It Will Reshape Our World by Lawrence Burns

Why we like it: The race to build a fully autonomous driverless car has taken grip of some of the biggest companies in the world and it shows no sign of ending any time soon. This book explains why it’s such an important technological development, why it will change the world and disrupt the status quo as well as why it’s so hard and expensive. A great introduction to the driverless technology race.

12) Book: Soonish by Kelly Wienersmith

Why we like it: A great book for all ages that offers the reader 10 possibilities for life changing scientific advancements. The book breaks down complex subjects into easy to read chapters and explains where the topic area currently is and where it may go on to change the world. A realistic read on the future.

There you have our list for 2019 but what have we missed? Tweet us @TechWillSaveUs or drop us an email on marketing@techwillsaveus.com