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

February 23, 2015

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Eric Topol
year published |
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

Bowl of Heaven

October 3, 2012

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Gregory Benford, Larry Niven
year published |
2012

In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same… read more

The Future of The Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists

November 26, 2015

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Gary F. Marcus, Jeremy Freeman (editors)
year published |
2014

An unprecedented look at the quest to unravel the mysteries of the human brain, The Future of the Brain takes readers to the absolute frontiers of science. Original essays by leading researchers such as Christof Koch, George Church, Olaf Sporns, and May-Britt and Edvard Moser describe the spectacular technological advances that will enable us to map the more than eighty-five billion neurons in the brain, as well as the… read more

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

November 30, 2014

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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 Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

April 18, 2016

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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 Most Human Human: what artificial intelligence teaches us about being alive

March 28, 2017

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author |
Brian Christian
year published |
2012

book summary from publisher:

Each year, the artificial intelligence community convenes to administer the famous — and famously controversial — Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can “think.”

The machine that most often fools the judges wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, strange and intriguing,… read more

Immortality Wars (digital novel)

June 20, 2012

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Joe Tripician
year published |
2012

What is it about the Singularity that causes such controversy and conflict? In an age where nanotechnology and stem cells could greatly extend human life, and where human-to-computer mind upload is discussed as casually as the latest iPad app, the Singularity may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Award-winning author and filmmaker Joe Tripician offers up a tantalizing, satric and cautionary tale of one… read more

Who Owns the Future?

May 7, 2013

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Jaron Lanier
year published |
2013

The Dazzling New Masterwork from the Prophet of Silicon Valley

Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology is transforming our culture.… read more

The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale

January 25, 2011

The Winter of Our Disconnect

author |
Susan Maushart
year published |
2011

Amazon | The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more.

When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug on her family’s entire armory of electronic weaponry for six months — from the itsy-bitsiest iPod Shuffle to her son’s seriously souped-up gaming PC — her three kids didn’t blink an eye.… read more

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

October 26, 2012

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author |
Dan Buettner
year published |
2010

In this expanded paperback edition of his New York Times bestseller, longevity expert Dan Buettner draws on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities—Blue Zones—around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices that will add years to your life and life to your years.

A long healthy life is no accident. It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits. If you adopt the right… 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

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

Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World

December 26, 2012

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Nataly Kelly, Jost Zetzsche
year published |
2012

Translation affects every aspect of your life – and we’re not just talking about the obvious things, like world politics and global business.

Translation affects you personally, too. The books you read. The movies you watch. The food you eat. Your favorite sports team. The opinions you hold dear. The religion you practice. Even your looks and, yes, your love life. Right this very minute, translation is saving… read more

The Blockchain Alternative: rethinking macroeconomic policy & economic theory

March 29, 2017

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author |
Kariappa Bheemaiah
year published |
2017

Examine what would happen if we were to deploy blockchain technology at the sovereign level and use it to create a decentralized cashless economy. This book explains how finance and economics work today, and how the convergence of various technologies related to the financial sector can help us find solutions to problems, such as excessive debt creation, banks getting too big to fail, and shadow banking.

The Blockchain Alternative offers sensible corrections… read more

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

September 7, 2010

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author |
Nicholas G. Carr
year published |
2010

Amazon | The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind. “Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the… read more

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