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Alan Turing: The Enigma — The Book That Inspired the Film ‘The Imitation Game’

November 30, 2014

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author |
Andrew Hodges
year published |
2014

Alan Turing died in 1954, but the themes of his life epitomize the turn of the millennium. A pure mathematician from a tradition that prided itself on its impracticality, Turing laid the foundations for modern computer science, writes Andrew Hodges: Alan had proved that there was no “miraculous machine” that could solve all mathematical problems, but in the process he had discovered something almost equally miraculous, the idea of a universal… read more

The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen — and What to Do

May 14, 2013

The Human Race to the Future

author |
Daniel Berleant
year published |
2013

Who doesn’t wonder about the future… what things will be like some day, how long it might take, and what we can do about it?
This book gives possible answers, spanning from the current century to nearly eternity. Imaginative yet scientifically plausible, most chapters offer a concluding section discussing actions to take in view of the predicted future scenarios. Some of these actions can be done by individuals, others… read more

Augmenting Cognition

May 21, 2012

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author |
Idan Segev, Henry Markram
year published |
2011

Amazon | The Human brain is only 100,000 years old. Yet, this newly evolved organ endows us with unique creative capabilities beyond all other living creatures, including the gift to understand itself. As our very survival and success in life depends on utilizing our brain’s power, intense efforts have begun worldwide to understand the brain, reverse-engineer it and even augment its capacity. Towards this end we harness every trick in… read more

The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

November 5, 2012

The World As It Is

author |
Chris Hedges
year published |
2011

Drawing on two decades of experience as a war correspondent and based on his numerous columns for Truthdig, Chris Hedges presents The World As It Is, a panorama of the American empire at home and abroad, from the coarsening effect of America’s War on Terror to the front lines in the Middle East and South Asia and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Underlying his reportage is a constant… read more

The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

April 18, 2016

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author |
Steve Case
year published |
2016

One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology.

Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL) in 1985. At the time, only three percent of Americans were online. It took a decade for AOL to… read more

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

November 27, 2012

The Better Angels of Our Nature

author |
Steven Pinker
year published |
2012

A provocative history of violence, from New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank Slate.

Today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species’ existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history.

Exploding myths about humankind’s inherent… read more

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

February 23, 2016

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Michael V. Hayden
year published |
2016

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting… read more

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

September 14, 2016

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author |
Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
year published |
2016

Driverless is an informative and entertaining exploration of self-driving cars. After decades of failed experiments, recent and rapid advances in artificial intelligence, data, and sensors — combined with Google’s tenacious, high-profile experiments — are transforming cars and trucks into mobile transportation robots. The good news is that driverless cars will save millions of lives lost to traffic accidents, ease air pollution, and make parking lots obsolete.  Long-suffering commuters can finally breathe… read more

Our Uncertain Future: When Digital Evolution, Global Warming and Automation Converge

November 12, 2013

Our Uncertain Future

author |
David M Mills Ph.D.
year published |
2013

There are many different predictions about our future.  Some experts predict an incredible future propelled by digital technology and other advances, others predict destruction due to climate change, yet others predict automation will cause massive unemployment and economic collapse.  We have been told of advantages and warned of dangers of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and other technologies.  Each author has largely ignored the other points of view.  But, there can be only… read more

Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots

September 7, 2015

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author |
John Markoff
year published |
2015

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society—on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health—Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us?

In the past decade alone, Google introduced us to driverless cars, Apple debuted a personal assistant that we keep in our… read more

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing

February 4, 2013

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author |
Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
year published |
2013

Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk.  Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document.

A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file,… read more

Redesigning Humans: Choosing Our Genes, Changing Our Future

November 22, 2013

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author |
Gregory Stock
year published |
2003

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | A groundbreaking work, Redesigning Humans tackles the controversial subject of engineering the human germline — the process of permanently altering the genetic code of an individual so that the changes are passed on to the offspring. Gregory Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, has glimpsed the inevitable future of biomedical engineering.

Within decades, Stock asserts, technological advances will bring… read more

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

October 12, 2015

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author |
David A. Mindell
year published |
2015

“[An] essential book… it is required reading as we seriously engage one of the most important debates of our time.”—Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

From drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument for the crucial role of humans in our increasingly technological future.

In Our Robots, Ourselves, David Mindell… read more

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

November 18, 2016

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author |
Julian Guthrie
year published |
2016

The historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight

Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world’s first commercial astronaut.

The… read more

Memories With Maya

March 4, 2013

Memories with Maya

author |
Clyde Dsouza
year published |
2013

“It’s Complicated,” Daniel types, updating his profile’s relationship status on his social network. He’s just lost his girlfriend. Emotions after all are shared online. Daniel (Dan) breathes technology. He will stop at nothing to win her back.

His work involves creating AR. solutions for Real-Estate. The recession and an explosion of data-cops is drying out his streams of income. He turns to close friend, Krish, a researcher in… read more

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