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The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

September 10, 2010

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author |
Sam Harris
year published |
2010

Amazon | Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values.

Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious… read more

Love Byte

July 22, 2012

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author |
Larry Kilham
year published |
2012

Juno is a superintelligent AI computer developed by the U.S. government to conduct social media attacks against enemies foreign and domestic. She is the first AI computer programmed with emotions and conscience.

She has an emotional bond with her developer, Tom Renwick, a computer scientist. Juno, Tom and their boss, Dr. Erwin Krakouer, the mad National Security Advisor, struggle with issues of trust and emotion. The… read more

The Industries of the Future

January 25, 2016

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author |
Alec Ross
year published |
2016

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them.

While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to forty-one countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R&D labs in… read more

Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

July 8, 2010

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author |
Robert Geraci
year published |
2010

Amazon | Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines or cyberspace and live forever, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this “cyber-theology” and the people who promote it.

Drawing on interviews with roboticists… read more

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

October 26, 2012

The Blue Zones Second Edition

author |
Dan Buettner
year published |
2012

Since publishing his bestselling The Blue Zones, longevity expert and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has discovered a new Blue Zone and launched a major public health initiative to transform cities based on principles from this book. The Blue Zones, Second Edition is completely updated and expands his bestselling classic on longevity, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities–Blue Zones–around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices… read more

Mavericks of Medicine: Exploring the Future of Medicine with Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel, Ray Kurzweil, and Others

October 6, 2016

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author |
David Jay Brown
year published |
2006

In depth interviews by award winning science writer David Jay Brown wit: Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel, Barry Sears, Larry Dossey, Ray Kurzweil, Michael West, Leonard Hayflick, Kary Mullis, Aubrey de Grey, Peter Duesberg, Raphael Mechoulam, Rick Strassmann, Michael Fossel, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, Joseph Knoll, John Guerin, Garry Gordon, Jonathan Wright, and others.

On alternative medicine, euthanasia. mind / body medicine, diet, spirituality and health, regenerative… read more

On Intelligence

July 14, 2010

On Intelligence

author |
Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
year published |
2005

Amazon | Hawkins designed the technical innovations that make handheld computers like the Palm Pilot ubiquitous. But he also has a lifelong passion for the mysteries of the brain, and he’s convinced that artificial intelligence theorists are misguided in focusing on the limits of computational power rather than on the nature of human thought. He “pops the hood” of the neocortex and carefully articulates a theory of consciousness and… read more

The Lifecycle of Software Objects

August 3, 2010

Lifecycle of Software Objects

author |
Ted Chiang
year published |
2010

Amazon | Is science fiction a literature of ideas, or of characters? Works that focus on the former often neglect the latter, and vice versa. It’s very difficult to examine complex abstractions and simultaneously articulate the mechanisms of fiction: most writers who attempt this balancing act end up throttling back on the ideas, or fail sideways into technical writing. So Chiang’s novella–the second piece he’s ever published that’s long… read more

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

December 16, 2010

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author |
Douglas Rushkoff
year published |
2010

Amazon | Today’s leading media theorist offers everyone a practical yet mind-blowing guide to our digital world. The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: it’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let… read more

Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective

February 8, 2011

Sizing Up the Universe

author |
J. Richard Gott, Robert J. Vanderbei
year published |
2010

Amazon | Sizing Up the Universe reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space, based on the work of Princeton University professors Richard Gott and Robert Vanderbei. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and beautiful space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos — from Buz Aldrin’s historic footprint to the visible universe and beyond. The authors offer visual comparisons with… read more

The Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos

July 6, 2011

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author |
John D. Barrow
year published |
2011

Amazon | Einstein’s theory of general relativity opens the door to other universes, and weird universes at that: universes that allow time travel, universes where you can see the back of your head, universes that spin and bounce or multiply without limit. The Book of Universes gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us along the way to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first revealed… read more

Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

October 5, 2011

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author |
Richard A. Muller
year published |
2008

Amazon | Learn the science behind the headlines — the tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming. We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times.

As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to know — truly understand, not just rely on television’s talking heads — if Iran’s… read more

Existence

May 24, 2012

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author |
David Brin
year published |
2012

Amazon | Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in,… read more

Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

December 27, 2013

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author |
Erez Aiden, Jean-Baptiste Michel
year published |
2013

“One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists.” — Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature

Our society has gone from writing snippets of information by hand to generating a vast flood of 1s and 0s that record almost every aspect of our lives: who we know,… read more

Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer (The Frontiers Collection)

March 24, 2014

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author |
Henry P. Stapp
year published |
2011

The classical mechanistic idea of nature that prevailed in science during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was an essentially mindless conception: the physically described aspects of nature were asserted to be completely determined by prior physically described aspects alone, with our conscious experiences entering only passively. During the twentieth century the classical concepts were found to be inadequate. In the new theory, quantum mechanics, our conscious experiences enter into… read more

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