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Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?

March 23, 2015

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Author:
James Tagg
Publisher:
Hurst Farm Books (2015)

How Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win world war II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time: are humans simply computers or are we more than that? Many scientists think we have a tenuous hold on the title, “most intelligent being on the planet”. They think it’s just a matter of time before computers become smarter than us, and then what? This book… read more

Visions of Science, Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age

April 23, 2015

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Author:
James A. Secord
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press (2015)

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The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life.

There was widespread social unrest, and debates raged regarding education, the lives of the working class, and the new industrial, machine governed world.

At the same time, modern science emerged in Europe in more or less its current form, as new disciplines and revolutionary… read more

Ten Years To the Singularity If We Really, Really Try … and other Essays on AGI and its Implications

December 25, 2014

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Author:
Ben Goertzel
Publisher:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014)

Ray Kurzweil has projected the date for a Technological Singularity as 2045. AI researcher Ben Goertzel believes it could potentially happen much sooner, if appropriate attention and resources are focused on the right R&D projects.

What current technologies are most likely to lead to the rapid advent of powerful Artificial General Intelligence systems? What impact will the advent of such technologies have upon human life? What philosophical, scientific and… read more

Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security

January 2, 2015

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Author:
Bruce Schneier
Publisher:
Wiley (2014)

Up-to-the-minute observations from a world-famous security expert

Bruce Schneier is known worldwide as the foremost authority and commentator on every security issue from cyber-terrorism to airport surveillance. This groundbreaking book features more than 160 commentaries on recent events including the Boston Marathon bombing, the NSA’s ubiquitous surveillance programs, Chinese cyber-attacks, the privacy of cloud computing, and how to hack the Papal election. Timely as an Internet news report and… read more

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

December 18, 2014

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Author:
Shane Harris
Publisher:
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2014)

A surprising, page-turning account of how the wars of the future are already being fought today
The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @WAR shows, U.S. hackers were crucial… read more

Alan Turing: The Enigma — The Book That Inspired the Film ‘The Imitation Game’

November 30, 2014

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Author:
Andrew Hodges
Publisher:
Princeton University Press (2014)

Alan Turing died in 1954, but the themes of his life epitomize the turn of the millennium. A pure mathematician from a tradition that prided itself on its impracticality, Turing laid the foundations for modern computer science, writes Andrew Hodges: Alan had proved that there was no “miraculous machine” that could solve all mathematical problems, but in the process he had discovered something almost equally miraculous, the idea of a universal… read more

The Science of Interstellar

November 10, 2014

The Science of Interstellar

Author:
Kip Thorne
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company (2014)

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are… read more

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

November 10, 2014

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Author:
Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
Publisher:
Bantam Press (2014)

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

Like Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on… read more

Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports

November 13, 2014

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Author:
Damien Broderick, Ben Goertzel
Publisher:
McFarland (2014)

Psi is the term used by researchers for a variety of demonstrable but elusive psychic phenomena. This collection of essays provides a detailed survey of the evidence for psi at the level of scientific examination.

Key features of apparent psi phenomena are reviewed, including precognition and remote perception (knowledge of future or distant events that cannot be inferred from present information), presentiment (physiological responses to stimuli that have… read more

Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction

March 23, 2015

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Author:
Robert Ranisch, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Publisher:
Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (2014)

Scientific advances in genetics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence signal the end of our traditional concept of the human being. The most vigorous movements dealing with this ongoing crisis of humanism are posthumanism and transhumanism. While posthumanism reconsiders what it means to be human, transhumanism actively promotes human enhancement. Both approaches address the posthuman condition in the technological age. In 20 articles, written by leading scholars of the field, this… read more

The Peripheral

March 31, 2014
Author:
William Gibson
Publisher:
Putnam Adult (2014)

William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010’s New York Times–bestselling Zero History.

Where Flynne and her brother Burton live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne… read more

Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space

September 8, 2014

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Author:
Garik Israelian
Publisher:
Carlton Books Ltd (2014)

Starmus is an incredible series of talks, articles and recollections that celebrate the human exploration of space. It is the result of the Starmus meeting in 2011, where legendary Russian and American pioneers of the space age met up for the first time to share the moments that electrified the human race. The next Starmus meeting is in September 2014. An all-star cast of international celebrities have joined forces in… read more

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

August 25, 2014

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Author:
Daniel J. Levitin
Publisher:
Dutton Adult (2014)

New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or… read more

Cosmigraphics

November 24, 2014

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Author:
Michael Benson
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams (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

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)

June 23, 2014

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Author:
Salim Ismail, Mike Malone, Yuri van Geest
Publisher:
Diversion Books (2014)

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth.

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company—the Exponential Organization—that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging things like community, big data, algorithms, and… read more

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