The Silver Cord is an enjoyable and thought-provoking graphic novel about a war between humans, angels, and robots with human-like intelligence. I've never read anything like it before, but many of the concepts ring a bell with me because they are what my friend Kevin Kelly has been thinking about and writing about for many years in his fantastic non-fiction books, such as Out of Control, and What Technology Wants.
Kevin was part of the team that created The Silver Cord (which include people who have worked at Pixar, ILM, Lucas, and Electronic Arts). They released the first 210-page volume for free online, and the second volume will be published if they meet their Kickstarter goal. Since the first volume has a cliffhanger ending, I really want them to get funded!
The Silver Cord on Kickstarter
Have you ever wanted to find a book, but you don’t know the title? This video and article from Make Use Of has some ideas that could help. Suggestions include using Google Book Search, BookFinder, WorldCat, The Library of Congress, and Ask a Librarian. Image: Jumpstory/CC0
If you’re in the market for book recommendations to fill up your stay-at-home hours, here’s a short list of favorites from Bill Gates. Check out his longer list on his blog, GatesNotes blog.
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