Here are two great books to read (or listen) during the break. I had the opportunity to read both of them last week. The first one is written by economists, so it is a little bit more academic. One of the authors of “The second machine age”  gave a keynote at ICLR last year. The book has very interesting facts about the economics of the digital age and AI. I think it is very critical for anyone who works in AI to understand the economics. That will help you do better research and make better decisions. Most of these problems are addressed in a more radical way in the book that I keep talking about “Radical Markets” by E. Glen Weyl The other book is written by practitioners and it is of great value. “Modern monopolies”  talks about the modern enterprises that dominate the markets. Amazon, Google, Uber, etc take advantage of the network effects and destroy traditional enterprises. The authors do a great job breaking down platforms into their core ingredients. This is a must for every executive who feels that her/his company is becoming less and less relevant and cannot compete with the modern giants.

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