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Preventing Litigation: An Early Warning System to Get Big Value Out of Big Data

October 27, 2016

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Nelson E. Brestoff, William H. Inmon
year published |
2015

Preventing Litigation, for the first time, explains how to build an early warning system to identify the risk of litigation before the damage is done, and proves that there is big value in less litigation. The authors are subject matter experts, one in litigation, the other in computer science, and each has more than four decades of training and experience in their respective fields. Together, they present a way… read more

The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human

March 17, 2017

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author |
Adam Piore
year published |
2017

In this accessible work on bioengineering, former Newsweek editor Piore documents where humans stand in our attempt to borrow—and build on—nature’s “sublime” healing solutions, which have been “refined by evolution over billions of years.” Piore’s aim is not to offer a clinical tome on scientific progress, but to reveal the “human spirit” that undergirds the search for ways to heal an array of debilitating physical and mental injuries and impairments. He… read more

The Soar Cognitive Architecture

June 6, 2012

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author |
John E. Laird
year published |
2012

In development for thirty years, Soar is a general cognitive architecture that integrates knowledge-intensive reasoning, reactive execution, hierarchical reasoning, planning, and learning from experience, with the goal of creating a general computational system that has the same cognitive abilities as humans. In contrast, most AI systems are designed to solve only one type of problem, such as playing chess, searching the Internet, or scheduling aircraft departures. Soar is both… read more

As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth

November 6, 2012

As the Future Catches You

author |
Juan Enriquez
year published |
2005

If you think the world has changed dramatically in the last five years, you haven’t seen anything yet.

You will never look at the world in the same way after reading As the Future Catches You. Juan Enriquez puts you face to face with unprecedented political, ethical, economic, and financial issues, dramatically demonstrating the cascading impact of the genetic, digital, and knowledge revolutions on all our lives.

Genetics… read more

Hallucinations

October 26, 2012

Hallucinations

author |
Oliver Sacks
year published |
2012

Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing… read more

Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies

January 30, 2014

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Russell Blackford
year published |
2013

Emerging biotechnologies that manipulate human genetic material have drawn a chorus of objections from politicians, pundits, and scholars. In Humanity Enhanced, Russell Blackford eschews the heated rhetoric that surrounds genetic enhancement technologies to examine them in the context of liberal thought, discussing the public policy issues they raise from legal and political perspectives.

Some see the possibility of genetic choice as challenging the values of liberal democracy. Blackford… read more

Cosmigraphics

November 24, 2014

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Michael Benson
year published |
2014

Michael Benson tells the thrilling story of the discovery and description of the universe in a new way. Selecting artful and profound illustrations and maps, many hidden away in the world’s great science libraries and virtually unknown today, he chronicles more than 1,000 years of humanity’s ever-expanding understanding of the size and shape of space itself. He shows how the invention of the telescope inspired visions of unimaginably distant… read more

Insistence of Vision

February 12, 2016

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David Brin
year published |
2016

What may we become? How will we endure? The future is a daunting realm, filled with real and imagined perils. So enter it prepared! Here are vivid tales about possible tomorrows, from the keen eye and colorful pen of David Brin, a modern master of speculative fiction. Visit a chillingly plausible tomorrow, when prisoners may be sent to asteroidal gulags. Or might prisons vanish and felons roam, seeing only… read more

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

August 26, 2016

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author |
Yuval Noah Harari
year published |
2015

New York Times Bestseller

“I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history…you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”–Bill Gates

“Thank God someone finally wrote [this] exact book.”–Sebastian Junger

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and… read more

Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell

October 28, 2012

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author |
Dennis Bray
year published |
2011

How does a single-cell creature, such as an amoeba, lead such a sophisticated life? How does it hunt living prey, respond to lights, sounds, and smells, and display complex sequences of movements without the benefit of a nervous system? This book offers a startling and original answer.

In clear, jargon-free language, Dennis Bray taps the findings of the new discipline of systems biology to show that the internal… read more

Universe

March 25, 2013
author |
Martin Rees
year published |
2012

From the fiery mass of the Sun’s core to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Universe takes you on the ultimate guided tour of the cosmos. Full of stunning out-of-this world images reflecting recent advances in space imagery, you’ll go on a journey from our solar system all the way to the farthest limits of space.

With information on the nature of the universe,… read more

The Age of the Centaurs: A future for humankind on Proxima B

November 2, 2016

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author |
Andre Rousseau
year published |
2016

A million years into the future, Humans are a distant memory kept in the data banks of the Machines they sent to colonize the Proxima Centauri system before they disappeared from Earth, back in the twenty-fifth century.

Yet some of their DNA survives, thanks to the very same technologies that Humans battled with on Earth. These descendants of Humans have reached a stable equilibrium between their peculiar two-level… read more

Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

December 5, 2011

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author |
Sebastian Seung
year published |
2012

Amazon | The bold and thrilling quest to finally understand the brain — and along with it our mental afflictions, from depression to autism — by a rising star in neuroscience.

Sebastian Seung, a dynamic young professor at MIT, is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells… read more

Homo Evolutis

November 6, 2012

Homo Evolutis

author |
Juan Enriquez
year published |
2011

There have been at least 25 prototype humans. We are but one more model, and there is no evidence evolution has stopped. So unless you think Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern are the be all and end all of creation, and it just does not get any better, then one has to ask what is next? Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans, two of the world’s most eminent science authors,… read more

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

January 13, 2014

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author |
Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
year published |
2014

A revolution is under way.

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

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