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Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

January 29, 2013

Future Perfect

Author:
Steven Johnson
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover (2012)

Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good For YouNew York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview — influenced by the success and interconnectedness of… read more

Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning

January 29, 2013

Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning

Author:
Benjamin K. Bergen
Publisher:
Basic Books (2012)

Whether it’s brusque, convincing, fraught with emotion, or dripping with innuendo, language is fundamentally a tool for conveying meaning—a uniquely human magic trick in which you vibrate your vocal cords to make your innermost thoughts pop up in someone else’s mind. You can use it to talk about all sorts of things—from your new labradoodle puppy to the expansive gardens at Versailles, from Roger Federer’s backhand to things that… read more

The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

January 29, 2013

The Visioneers

Author:
W. Patrick McCray
Publisher:
Princeton University Press (2012)

In 1969, Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill began looking outward to space colonies as the new frontier for humanity’s expansion. A decade later, Eric Drexler, an MIT-trained engineer, turned his attention to the molecular world as the place where society’s future needs could be met using self-replicating nanoscale machines. These modern utopians predicted that their technologies could transform society as humans mastered the ability to create new worlds, undertook atomic-scale… read more

Physics in Mind: A Quantum View of the Brain

January 28, 2013

Physics in Mind

Author:
Werner Loewenstein
Publisher:
Basic Books (2013)

No one can escape a sense of awe when reflecting on the workings of the mind: we see, we hear, we feel, we are aware of the world around us. But what is the mind? What do we mean when we say we are “aware” of something? What is this peculiar state in our heads, at once utterly familiar and bewilderingly mysterious, that we call awareness or consciousness?… read more

The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

January 28, 2013

The Particle at the End of the Universe

Author:
Sean Carroll
Publisher:
Dutton Adult (2012)

Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.

The Higgs boson… read more

The Hydrogen Sonata

January 23, 2013
Author:
Iain M. Banks
Publisher:
Orbit (2012)

The New York Times bestselling Culture novel…
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.

An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision… read more

Homeland

January 16, 2013
Author:
Cory Doctorow
Publisher:
Tor Teen (2013)

In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.

A few years later, California’s economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a… read more

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

January 15, 2013
Author:
Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher:
Pantheon (2012)

Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard’s Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates, misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions, and misremember important events.

Your preference in politicians, the amount you tip your waiter—all… read more

Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets

January 15, 2013

Mining the Sky

Author:
John S. Lewis
Publisher:
Helix Books (1996)

What would it be like if entrepreneurs could literally “mine the sky” to solve Earth’s three major fulfillment problems: energy, mineral resources, and food? That is the engaging premise of John S. Lewis’s visionary new book. What if we could chemically break down the atmosphere of Mars for substances that can be used as spacecraft propellants; hollow out asteroids to transform them into livable habitats for billions of space-bound… read more

La Singularidad Está Cerca: Cuando los Humanos Transcendamos la Biología

January 4, 2013

La singularidad esta cerca

Author:
Ray Kurzweil
Publisher:
Lola Books (2012)

La Singularidad está cerca es la obra maestra de uno de los pensadores más influyentes de nuestros días, el ingeniero e inventor Ray Kurzweil. Este libro se centra en lo que el autor llama la ley de los rendimientos acelerados, una ley que ha de llevar a la humanidad a un escenario donde se producirá una singularidad tecnológica, un explosión de inteligencia que transformará el mundo de… read more

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

December 26, 2012

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Author:
Nataly Kelly, Jost Zetzsche
Publisher:
Perigee Trade (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

You Tomorrow [Kindle Edition]

December 24, 2012

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Author:
Ian Pearson
Publisher:
Futurizon GmbH (2011)

If you wonder what your life tomorrow will bring, this is the book for you. It discusses how your everyday life will change over the next few decades.

First it covers the various stages of life, from pre-birth genetic design of your offspring all the way through to death and potential immortality. Along the way it considers the possible future of humanity.

In part 2, it goes on… read more

Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky

December 19, 2012

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Author:
Gina Hagler
Publisher:
Springer (2012)

Since the dawn of civilization, man has gazed across the oceans and up to the stars with dreams of conquering both. What may surprise readers is that the principles behind how ships were designed in yesteryear are not so far from how today’s air and space craft are created. In a new book by Gina Hagler, Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceansread more

Nexus

December 18, 2012

Nexus

Author:
Ramez Naam
Publisher:
Angry Robot (2012)


In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link human together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. There’s more to Nexus than meets the eye.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and… read more

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy

December 11, 2012

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK

Author:
Federico Pistono
Publisher:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012)

You are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace. You are wrong. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.

That is the argument for a phenomenon called technological unemployment, one that is pervading… read more

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