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The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence

April 11, 2018

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Amir Husain
year published |
2017

The future is now. Acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain explains how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence—and not only survive, but thrive.

Artificial “machine” intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars, automatic checkout at the drugstore, and are unable to live without our smartphones. The discussion around AI is… read more

Future Bright: a transforming vision of human intelligence

April 11, 2018

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Michael E. Martinez
year published |
2013

Ever since Alfred Binet invented the first IQ test more than a century ago, we have thought of intelligence as fixed from birth and unalterable-as genetically programmed and immutable as eye color. If our IQ was 115 at the age of eighteen, it would be 115 at age thirty-two and at age seventy-two. But as Michael Martinez reveals in Future Bright, human intelligence is not at all a static quality. Drawing… read more

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

April 11, 2018

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Franklin Foer
year published |
2017

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence.

Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world… read more

Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work

February 12, 2018

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Kevin LaGrandeur, James J. Hughes
year published |
2017

This book examines the current state of the technologically caused unemployed, and attempts to answer the question of how to proceed into an era beyond technological unemployment. Beginning with an overview of the most salient issues, the experts collected in this work present their own novel visions of the future and offer suggestions for adapting to a more symbiotic economic relationship with AI. These suggestions include different modes of… read more

Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do

February 5, 2018

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Jeremy Bailenson
year published |
2018

An in-depth look at virtual reality and how it can be harnessed to improve our everyday lives.

Virtual reality is able to effectively blur the line between reality and illusion, pushing the limits of our imagination and granting us access to any experience imaginable. With well-crafted simulations, these experiences, which are so immersive that the brain believes they’re real, are already widely available with a VR headset and… read more

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

January 24, 2018

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Niall Ferguson
year published |
2018

A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we’re living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks.

“Captivating and compelling.”—The New York Times

“Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book…In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it.”—The Wall Street Journal

The Square and the Tower, in addition to being provocative history, may prove to be… read more

Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment

January 24, 2018

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Riccardo Campa
year published |
2018

Is Artificial Intelligence qualitatively different from other means of economizing the use of labor? Are we on the edge of a jobless society? If yes, are we ready for it? These are a few of the questions discussed in this collection of academic works. This book traces a brief history of the concept of technological unemployment; proposes a short-term scenario analysis concerning the relations between automation, education, and unemployment;… read more

The Future (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

January 17, 2018

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Nick Montfort
year published |
2017

How the future has been imagined and made, through the work of writers, artists, inventors, and designers.

The future is like an unwritten book. It is not something we see in a crystal ball, or can only hope to predict, like the weather. In this volume of the MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge series, Nick Montfort argues that the future is something to be made, not predicted. Montfort offers… read more

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

January 12, 2018

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Robert M. Sapolsky
year published |
2017

Sapolsky (Monkeyluv), professor of biology at Stanford, looks at human behavior from myriad interrelated perspectives, endeavoring to explain humans’ strange and often contradictory behavior. He predominantly focuses on exploring “the biology of violence, aggression, and competition” through the lenses of neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, genetics, evolutionary biology, political science, and communication theory. Sapolsky takes complex ideas from the scientific literature, including his own research, and attempts to balance the pros… read more

book | Enlightenment Now

The case for reason, science, humanism and progress.
January 1, 2018

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book title: Enlightenment Now
book deck: The case for reason, science, humanism and progress.
author: by Steven Pinker, PhD
book year: 2018

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The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

December 26, 2017

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Daniel Ellsberg
year published |
2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the dangers of America’s Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.

Here, for the first time, former high-level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking firsthand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the… read more

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

December 18, 2017

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Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman
year published |
2017

A key figure in the development of digital technology has his achievements, if not his personality, burnished in this enlightening biography. Journalists Soni and Goodman, authors of Rome’s Last Citizen, explore Claude Shannon’s breakthroughs as a scientist at MIT and Bell Labs in the 1930s and ’40s in electronics and telecommunications. His noteworthy discoveries include a way to rationally design circuits using Boolean algebra, and information theory, which understands communications… read more

Envisioning Holograms: Design Breakthrough Experiences for Mixed Reality

December 18, 2017

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M. Pell
year published |
2017

Explore the approach, techniques, and mindshift needed to design truly breakthrough experiences for the Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality platform. Learn what’s so different about working with holograms, how to think spatially, and where to start designing your own holographic projects. You’ll move rapidly from initial concept to persuasive prototype—all without the need for expensive tools or a designer’s skill set.

Designing for mixed reality is a… read more

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

December 13, 2017

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Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard
year published |
2017

Garry Kasparov’s 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game.

That moment was more than a century in the making, and in this breakthrough book, Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story… read more

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller

December 1, 2017

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David Ignatius
year published |
2017

From the best-selling author of The Director and Body of Lies comes a thrilling tale of global espionage, state-of-the-art technology, and unthinkable betrayal.

A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb; whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption and break any code in existence. The winner of the race to build the world’s first quantum machine will attain global dominance for generations to come. The… read more

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