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How to Clone a Mammoth

May 8, 2015

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Author:
Beth Shapiro
Publisher:
Princeton University Press (2015)

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in “ancient DNA” research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores… read more

(R)evolution

May 4, 2015

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Author:
PJ Manney
Publisher:
47North (2015)

Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No… read more

The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches

May 1, 2015

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Author:
Marshall Brain
Publisher:
BYG Publishing, Inc. (2015)

Right now, as far as we can tell, there is exactly one intelligent species in the universe and it is us: human beings. We currently see no evidence of any kind indicating that extraterrestrials exist outside of our solar system.

But at this moment, millions of engineers, scientists, corporations, universities and entrepreneurs are racing to create the second intelligent species right here on planet earth. And we can… read more

Visions of Science, Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age

April 23, 2015

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Author:
James A. Secord
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press (2015)

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The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life.

There was widespread social unrest, and debates raged regarding education, the lives of the working class, and the new industrial, machine governed world.

At the same time, modern science emerged in Europe in more or less its current form, as new disciplines and revolutionary… read more

Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

April 6, 2015

Team Genius

Author:
Rich Karlgaard, Mike Malone
Publisher:
HarperBusiness (2015)

Combing vivid reports of the latest scientific research, compelling case studies, and great storytelling, Team Genius show managers and executives how to look at their teams in a radically new way. It explores vital question that could mean the difference between success and obsolescence. Do you know how to re-organize your sub-par teams into top performers? Could you identify which of the top-performing teams in your company are reaching the… read more

Fast Forward: The Technologies and Companies Shaping Our Future

April 1, 2015

Fast Forward

Author:
Jim Mellon, Al Chalabi
Publisher:
Fruitful Publications (2014)

Jim Mellon & Al Chalabi’s explosive new book ‘Fast Forward’. As the pace of technological progress intensifies, agile businesses and entrepreneurs are discovering new applications that take advantage of faster and cheaper computer processing power. The status quo is being upended across all industries, and in some cases totally new industries are being created. Fast Forward is a book that filters this chaotic landscape and identifies the areas that… read more

The Internet Is Not the Answer

March 30, 2015

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Author:
Andrew Keen
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press (2015)

The Internet, created during the Cold War, has now ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. There are many positive ways in which the Internet has contributed to the world, but as a society we are less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects on our psychology, economy, and culture. In The Internet Is Not the Answer, Andrew Keen, a twenty-year veteran of… read more

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction

March 23, 2015

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Author:
Robert Ranisch, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Publisher:
Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (2014)

Scientific advances in genetics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence signal the end of our traditional concept of the human being. The most vigorous movements dealing with this ongoing crisis of humanism are posthumanism and transhumanism. While posthumanism reconsiders what it means to be human, transhumanism actively promotes human enhancement. Both approaches address the posthuman condition in the technological age. In 20 articles, written by leading scholars of the field, this… read more

Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?

March 23, 2015

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Author:
James Tagg
Publisher:
Hurst Farm Books (2015)

How Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win world war II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time: are humans simply computers or are we more than that? Many scientists think we have a tenuous hold on the title, “most intelligent being on the planet”. They think it’s just a matter of time before computers become smarter than us, and then what? This book… read more

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

March 16, 2015
Author:
Jerry Kaplan
Publisher:
Yale University Press (2015)

After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and… read more

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

March 6, 2015

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Author:
Steven M. Druker
Publisher:
Clear River Press (2015)

This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal… read more

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

March 2, 2015

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Author:
Bruce Schneier
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company (2015)

You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The… read more

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

February 24, 2015

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Author:
Marc Goodman
Publisher:
Doubleday (2015)

From one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to illuminate the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than you ever thought possible.

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways—but there is an ominous flip side. Criminals are often the earliest, and most… read more

The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands

February 23, 2015

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Author:
Eric Topol
Publisher:
Basic Books (2015)

A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You’ll make an appointment months in advance. You’ll probably wait for several hours until you hear “the doctor will see you now”—but only for fifteen minutes! Then you’ll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you’ll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much… read more

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress (Edge Question Series)

February 23, 2015

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Author:
John Brockman
Publisher:
Harper Perennial (2015)

Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific discovery, today’s visionary thinkers target the greatest roadblocks to innovation.

Few truly new ideas are developed without first abandoning old ones. In the past, discoveries often had to wait for the rise of the next generation to see questions in a new light and let go of old truisms.

Today, in a world that is defined by a rapid rate… read more

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