In Pictures: The tech canon of today is the IT of tomorrow

From cyberspace to regular expressions, these are the books that that shaped the brains and culture of today's tech pros -- and forecast future directions for the industry

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"Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson (1992) A pizza deliveryman-cum-code samurai unravels a conspiracy that's about to deploy the first computer virus that can also hack the human mind. The sci-fi novel is an eerily prescient look at a world of "augmented intelligence" where people regard the flow of data between their computers and their brains as a natural cognitive process.

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