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Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You

June 27, 2012

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author |
Misha Glenny
year published |
2011

The benefits of living in a digital, globalised society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online, shop online, date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security — sharing… read more

Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing

November 15, 2012

MAKE: The Ultimate guide to 3D printing

author |
The Editors MAKE of
year published |
2012

The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that’s right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. We brought 16 of the top printers to our headquarters and hosted a weekend-long printer shootout staffed by the… read more

Biopolitics: A Transhumanist Paradigm

May 1, 2014

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author |
Stefano Vaj
year published |
2014

This seminal and controversial essay, the Italian original of which appeared in print in 2003, contains a coherent and passionate pro-tech discussion of most issues relevant to biopolitics and “wet” transhumanism, in the light of continental philosophies of Becoming — namely those of Nietzschean, Futurist and posthumanist descent, as the crucial questions of our age and collective destinies.

As such, it offers a transhumanist and Promethean perspective on what… read more

The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History

November 7, 2014

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author |
Howard Bloom
year published |
1997

The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric.

The Digital Doctor

May 31, 2015

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author |
Robert Wachter
year published |
2015

Book summary from the publisher:

While modern medicine produces miracles, it also delivers care that is too often unsafe, unreliable, unsatisfying, and impossibly expensive. For the past few decades, technology has been touted as the cure for all of healthcare’s ills.

But medicine stubbornly resisted computerization, until now. Over the past five years, thanks largely to billions of dollars in federal incentives, healthcare has finally gone digital.… read more

The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream

December 30, 2016

The Signals

author |
Amy Webb
year published |
2016

Amy Webb is a noted futurist who combines curiosity, skepticism, colorful storytelling, and deeply reported, real-world analysis in this essential book for understanding the future. The Signals Are Talking reveals a systemic way of evaluating new ideas bubbling up on the horizon—distinguishing what is a real trend from the merely trendy.

This book helps us hear which signals are talking sense, and which are simply nonsense, so that we might know… read more

Building Real-time Data Pipelines

August 30, 2017

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author |
Conor Doherty, Steven Camiña, Kevin White and Gary Orenstein

Free O’reilly Ebook: Building Real-time Data Pipelines

Unifying Applications and Analytics with In-Memory Architectures

You’ll Learn:

How to use Apache Kafka and Spark to build real-time data pipelines

How to use in-memory database management systems for real-time analytics

Top architectures for transitioning from data silos to real-time processing

Steps for getting to real-time operational systems

Considerations for choosing the best deployment option

The Universe in a Nutshell

April 9, 2009

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author |
Stephen William Hawking
year published |
2001

Professor Hawking is seeking to uncover the grail of science — the elusive “Theory of Everything” that lies at the heart of the cosmos. In this book he guides us on his search to uncover the secrets of the universe — from supergravity to supersymmetry, from quantum theory to M-theory, from holography to duality. In this exciting intellectual adventure he seeks “to combine Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and… read more

A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe

July 7, 2010

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author |
Marcelo Gleiser
year published |
2010

Amazon | For most of his career, physicist Gleiser (The Dancing Universe) was a “true believer in unification,” seeing in string theory a “more profound description of Nature” with “a higher level of mathematical symmetry.” He now rejects the search for a perfect theory as an improvable article of belief akin to monotheism. Explaining his turnaround, Gleiser points to the game-changing 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an… read more

Masterminds: Genius, DNA, and the Quest to Rewrite Life

July 16, 2010

Masterminds: Genius, DNA, and the Quest to Rewrite Life

author |
David Ewing Duncan
year published |
2006

Amazon | James Watson, J. Craig Venter, Francis Collins, Cynthia Kenyon . . . you may not know them, but you should. They are the masterminds of genetics and biotechnology who want you to live to be 150 years old, to regenerate your heart and brain, to create synthetic life. For better or worse, they are about to alter life on earth forever.

Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan… read more

Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

October 13, 2010
author |
Gary Shteyngart
year published |
2010

Amazon | The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years — and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

In a very near future — oh,… read more

Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature

May 2, 2011

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author |
Ira Flatow
year published |
2008

Amazon | Veteran NPR science reporter and award-winning radio and TV journalist Ira Flatow’s enthusiasm for all things scientific has made him a beloved on-air correspondent. For more than thirty-five years, Flatow has interviewed the top scientists and researchers on many NPR and PBS programs, including his popular Science Friday spot on Talk of the Nation. In Present at the Future, he shares the groundbreaking revelations from those conversations, including the latest… read more

Shifting Borderlines: How Science Fiction Is Becoming Science

June 17, 2011

Shifting Borderlines

author |
Hammad Azzam
year published |
2010

Amazon | The enabler of the quantum evolutionary leaps of our times is the rapid progression of science and the proliferation of scientific fields tackling very specialized subjects like bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. Science is growing fast and unabated. Wars, economic downturns, and all other detrimental events have little effect on the expansion of science. What started with few fields (mathematics, chemistry, biology) has mushroomed into… read more

Affective Computing

August 11, 2011

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author |
Rosalind W. Picard
year published |
2000

Amazon | The latest scientific findings indicate that emotions play an essential role in decision making, perception, learning, and more — that is, they influence the very mechanisms of rational thinking. Not only too much, but too little emotion can impair decision making. According to Rosalind Picard, if we want computers to be genuinely intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to… read more

Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

January 4, 2012

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author |
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
year published |
2009

Amazon | Delete looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget. Digital technology empowers us as never before, yet it has unforeseen consequences as well. Potentially humiliating content on Facebook is enshrined in cyberspace for future employers to see. Google remembers everything we’ve searched for and when. The digital realm remembers what is sometimes better forgotten, and… read more

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