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Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen

July 21, 2014

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author |
Philip Ball
year published |
2014

If you could be invisible, what would you do? The chances are that it would have something to do with power, wealth or sex. Perhaps all three.

But there’s no need to feel guilty. Impulses like these have always been at the heart of our fascination with invisibility: it points to realms beyond our senses, serves as a receptacle for fears and dreams, and hints at worlds where… read more

Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality

June 7, 2011

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author |
Mark D. White, William Irwin
year published |
2010

Amazon | The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010.

On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships… read more

Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The Net’s Impact on Our Minds and Future

January 12, 2012

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author |
John Brockman
year published |
2011

Amazon | How is the internet changing the way you think? That is one of the dominant questions of our time, one which affects almost every aspect of our life and future. And it’s exactly what John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to more than 150 of the world’s most influential minds. Brilliant, farsighted, and fascinating, Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? is an essential guide to the… read more

Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant

May 21, 2012

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author |
Darold A. Treffert
year published |
2011

Amazon | Savant syndrome is a rare condition in which individuals with developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, have one or more areas of expertise, ability, or brilliance — ”islands of genius” — that exist in contrast with their overall limitations. In this fascinating book, Dr. Darold Treffert looks at what we know about this remarkable condition, and at new discoveries that raise interesting questions about the hidden brain potential within us… read more

Jobocalypse: The End of Human Jobs and How Robots will Replace Them

July 9, 2013

Jobocalypse

author |
Ben Way
year published |
2013

Is your job in danger of getting replaced by robots?

Jobocalypse is a look at the rapidly changing face of robotics and how it will revolutionize employment and jobs over the next thirty years. Ben Way lays out the arguments in favor of and against the mechanization of our society, as well as the amazing advantages and untold risks, as we march into this ever-present future.

Each entertaining… read more

Kill Decision

May 29, 2013

Kill Decision

author |
Daniel Suarez
year published |
2013

The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez’s status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy–a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future.

Unmanned weaponized drones already exist–they’re widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step further, with frightening results.

Linda… read more

Kill Process

June 27, 2016

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author |
William Hertling
year published |
2016

By day, Angie, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world’s largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can’t change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women.

When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users’ fears to drive up its… read more

Kiln People

March 8, 2017
author |
David Brin
year published |
2013

Bestselling novelist Brin (Startide RisingThe Postman; etc.) restricts the action to planet Earth, but still allows his imagination to roam the cosmos in this ambitious SF/mystery hybrid whose grasp occasionally exceeds its reach. Thanks to the new technology of imprinting, people in a near-future America can copy their personalities into animated clay bodies (called “dittos” or “golems”), which last a single day.

Albert Morris, private investigator, is his… read more

Kinds of Minds: Toward an Understanding of Consciousness

January 18, 2010
author |
Daniel Dennett
year published |
1997

Publishers Weekly | Dennett (Darwin’s Dangerous Idea), director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, avers that language is the “slingshot” that has “launched [humans] far beyond all other earthly species in the power to look ahead and reflect.” In this brief study, some of which is drawn from notes for the author’s various lectures, and which returns him to some of the themes of his controversial… read more

Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines

April 9, 2009
author |
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Ralph C. Merkle
year published |
2004

This book offers a general review of the voluminous theoretical and experimental literature pertaining to physical self-replicating systems and self-replication. The principal focus here is on self-replicating machine systems. Most importantly, we are concerned with kinematic self-replicating machines: systems in which actual physical objects, not mere patterns of information, undertake their own replication.

Following a brief burst of activity in the 1950s and 1980s, the field… read more

Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent

September 16, 2014

Kitten Clone

author |
Douglas Coupland
year published |
2014

The third book to be released as part of the Writers in Residence series is written by Canadian cultural literary giant Douglas Coupland. Coupland takes readers on a web surfing-inspired ride through Alcatel-Lucent: one of the largest global telecommunications companies in the world.

Coupland, with Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, reports from inside Alcatel’s faceless corporate offices and wire-laden science labs, writing in his inimitably playful and insightful way about… read more

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

December 13, 2011

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author |
Lisa Randall
year published |
2011

Amazon |  From one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives.

The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument

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La Singularidad Está Cerca: Cuando los Humanos Transcendamos la Biología

January 4, 2013

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author |
Ray Kurzweil
year published |
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

Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

April 21, 2011

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author |
John F. Hoffecker
year published |
2011

Amazon | John F. Hoffecker explores the origin and growth of the mind, drawing on information from the human fossil record, archaeology, and history. Hoffecker argues that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools, evolving the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form of shaped stone objects. When anatomically modern humans evolved a parallel capacity to… read more

Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived

May 23, 2013

Last Ape Standing

author |
Chip Walter
year published |
2013

Over the past 180 years scientists have sifted through evidence that at least twenty-seven human species have evolved on planet Earth. And as you may have noticed, twenty-six of them are no longer with us, done in by their environment, predators, disease, or the unfortunate shortcomings of their DNA. What enabled us to survive when so many other human species were shown the evolutionary door?

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