What we're about

Welcome to unread – the mostly utopian book club for facts and fiction. We strive to understand the complex new world around us better, through reading, discussion and exchanging experiences. This book club is not focused on a particular genre, instead alternating between novels and non-fiction books. We like sci-fi, eye-opening popular science and occasionally revel in the absurd, but don’t shy away from classics either.

The book club has been going strong since August 2017, with a core group of returning participants, but also new faces joining each time. Usually we end up being between four and eight people who show up. It was originally organised and hosted by https://diesdas.digital , a studio for design, strategy and code in Berlin Kreuzberg.

We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present. Don’t worry if you don’t speak both or aren’t fluent … we’ll make it work! You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create an inclusive setting. If you only want to hear yourself talk, then this is probably not for you.

The book club meets digitally via Zoom – the link will be added to the event on the day it happens. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.

Books we have read so far:

“The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin
“Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami
“Positioning” by Al Ries and Jack Trout
“Borderliners” by Peter Høeg
“Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari
“Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks
“Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari
“Measuring the world” by Daniel Kehlmann
“Why we sleep” by Matthew Walker
“Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
“Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez
“Shikasta” by Doris Lessing
“How to do Nothing” by Jenny Odell
“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood
“Because Internet” by Gretchen McCulloch
“Educated” by Tara Westover
“You Look Like a Thing and I Love You” by Janelle Shane
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“The Future We Choose” by C. Figueres, T. Rivett-Carnac
“The Overstory” by Richard Powers
“User Friendly” by Cliff Kuang
“Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro

The next book is always decided on the spot at the meeting, by the people who attend, or afterwards here on meetup – so bring suggestions! These days we gravitate towards books by authors from underrepresented groups!

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“The New Breed” by Kate Darling: let’s read and discuss!

It’s the non-fiction round of the book club and we are reading “The New Breed” by Kate Darling, thereby continuing our discussion about robot ethics which was sparked by our last pick “Klara and the Sun”.

Synopsis below:

> There has been a lot of ink devoted to discussions of how robots will replace us and take our jobs. But MIT Media Lab researcher and technology policy expert Kate Darling argues just the opposite, and that treating robots with a bit of humanity, more like the way we treat animals, will actually serve us better. From a social, legal, and ethical perspective, she shows that our current ways of thinking don't leave room for the robot technology that is soon to become part of our everyday routines. Robots are likely to supplement—rather than replace—our own skills and relationships. So if we consider our history of incorporating animals into our work, transportation, military, and even families, we actually have a solid basis for how to contend with this future.

> A deeply original analysis of our technological future and the ethical dilemmas that await us, The New Breed explains how the treatment of machines can reveal a new understanding of our own history, our own systems and how we relate—not just to non-humans, but also to each other.

You can find reviews on the GoodReads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49672266-the-new-breed

Curious? Then order a copy at your local book shop or on Amazon / Book Depository:
https://www.bookdepository.com/New-Breed-Kate-Darling/9781250296108
https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Kate-Darling/dp/1250296102/

We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present, but most likely the discussion will be in English. You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create an inclusive setting.

The discussion takes place virtually in Zoom and the meeting link will be added to this event and sent out via email on the day it happens.

We usually discuss for 1.5-2 hours. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.

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