I loved Ready Player One. Sadly, Armada, Ernest Cline’s follow-up book proved disappointing. Harmon Cooper fills that void with The Feedback Loop. The book is essentially Groundhog Day meets Ready Player One meets The Matrix.
Quantum Hughes, the protagonist, is stuck in a virtual reality world called The Loop following a software glitch. As in The Matrix, his body is in the real world in a vat, while Quantum’s consciousness inhabits his character in the Loop, unable to escape. The Loop is a Grand Theft Auto-type game set in a noir Sin City-like environment. Quantum plays the game every day until it resets at midnight and starts in the exact same way the next day.
Imagine it’s the year 2035. Gasoline engines are a thing of the past—replaced by electric propulsion. Cars no longer feature steering wheels, thanks to tens of millions of lines of code doing the driving for you. And we’re led to believe that we’ll no longer own a vehicle; instead, we all ride in Ubers. If you believe what you read, then, car ownership will soon be dead.
But that won’t be the case.
In the future, owning a car will be more affordable than ever before—even profitable. The same trends that will make car sharing more affordable will also make ownership significantly more affordable.
To learn how, check out Beepi Chief Executive Officer Ale Resnik’s pointed Fortune Magazine piece, where he delves into the future of autos.
In a simple and elegant series of letters written to a hypothetical student, Christopher Hitchens makes an incredibly compelling argument for thinking independently. While showing how important it is, he also clearly highlights the perils of defying conventional wisdom and popular opinion. In making his case, Hitchens shows off his erudition in sharing a lifetime’s worth of insights and scholarship.
Both the prose and content resonated with me like few books have. The book is both timely and timeless in a world overcome by political correctness and simple minded populism.