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Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

December 14, 2016

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Steven Johnson
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2016

In this charming study, Johnson (How We Got to Now) examines how the seemingly frivolous and unproductive aspects of society—the things people do for fun, pleasure, and entertainment—have influenced, defined, and created the world. “This is a history of play,” he writes, “a history of the pastimes that human beings have concocted to amuse themselves as an escape from the daily grind of subsistence.”

According to Johnson, the… read more

The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization

November 18, 2016

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Richard Baldwin
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2016

Between 1820 and 1990, the share of world income going to today’s wealthy nations soared from twenty percent to almost seventy. Since then, that share has plummeted to where it was in 1900. As Richard Baldwin explains, this reversal of fortune reflects a new age of globalization that is drastically different from the old.

In the 1800s, globalization leaped forward when steam power and international peace lowered the… read more

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

December 28, 2016

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Tim Wu
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2016

Business is always trying to get our attention—and perhaps our souls—according to this lively if sometimes overwrought history of advertiser-sponsored media.

Columbia law professor and net-neutrality advocate Wu (The Master Switch) takes readers from the 19th-century dawn of New York’s penny press, when media moguls first realized that the attention of readers was their “product” and advertisers their customers, through the propaganda of wartime Britain and Nazi Germany,… read more

Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities

March 10, 2017

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Peter Hirshberg, Dale Dougherty, Marcia Kadanoff
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2016

Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities is a comprehensive case studies and how-to information useful for city leaders, civic innovators, nonprofits, and others engaged in urban economic development. Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities is committed to going beyond stories to find patterns and discern promising practices to help city leaders make even more informed decisions.

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Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing Our Cities

October 25, 2016

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Peter Hirshberg, Dale Dougherty, Marcia Kadanoff
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2016

Maker City, or the Maker City Playbook is a comprehensive set of case studies and how-to information useful for city leaders, civic innovators, nonprofits, and others engaged in urban economic development. The Maker City Playbook is committed to going beyond stories to find patterns and discern promising practices to help city leaders make even more informed decisions.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and a Call to Action
  • Chapter 2: The Maker

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Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

September 14, 2016

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Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
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2016

Driverless is an informative and entertaining exploration of self-driving cars. After decades of failed experiments, recent and rapid advances in artificial intelligence, data, and sensors — combined with Google’s tenacious, high-profile experiments — are transforming cars and trucks into mobile transportation robots. The good news is that driverless cars will save millions of lives lost to traffic accidents, ease air pollution, and make parking lots obsolete.  Long-suffering commuters can finally breathe… read more

Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future

September 14, 2016

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Jamie Metzl
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2016

A few dead bodies are a small price to pay in the quest for immortality.

In 2025 America, it’s hardly news when a renowned octogenarian scientist dying of cancer disappears from a local hospice, but when Kansas City Star reporter Rich Azadian begins to dig, he discovers that other elderly scientists around the world have also vanished recently—all terminally ill and receiving the same experimental treatment from a global… read more

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

November 2, 2016

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Andre Rousseau
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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

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

November 18, 2016

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Julian Guthrie
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2016

The historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight

Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world’s first commercial astronaut.

The… read more

Now: The Physics of Time

March 4, 2016

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Richard A. Muller
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2016

A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe’s creation to “now,” by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents.

“Now” is a simple concept―you’re reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of “now” has eluded even the great Einstein. We know that time stretches and is affected by gravity and velocity. Yet, as eminent physicist Richard A. Muller points out, it is only… read more

The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century

October 4, 2016

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Ryan Avent
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2016

None of us has ever lived through a genuine industrial revolution. Until now.

Digital technology is transforming every corner of the economy, fundamentally altering the way things are done, who does them, and what they earn for their efforts. In The Wealth of Humans, Economist editor Ryan Avent brings up-to-the-minute research and reporting to bear on the major economic question of our time: can the modern world manage… read more

Technology vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine (Futurescapes)

September 15, 2016

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Gerd Leonhard, Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, April Koury, Jean Francois Cardella
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2016

Futurist Gerd Leonhard breaks new ground again by bringing together mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything down to human biology itself with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness. Before it s too late, we must stop and ask the big questions: How do we embrace technology without becoming it? When it happens gradually, then suddenly the machine era will create the greatest watershed in human life on… read more

Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension

October 4, 2016

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Samuel Arbesman
year published |
2016

Why did the New York Stock Exchange suspend trading without warning on July 8, 2015?

Why did certain Toyota vehicles accelerate uncontrollably against the will of their drivers?

Why does the programming inside our airplanes occasionally surprise its creators?

After a thorough analysis by the top experts, the answers still elude us.

You don’t understand the software running your car or your iPhone. But here’s… read more

AGI Revolution: An Inside View of the Rise of Artificial General Intelligence

August 10, 2016

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Ben Goertzel
year published |
2016

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the quest for the sci-fi AI dream: AI with mental autonomy, generality, adaptiveness and imagination equal to and ultimately exceeding that of humans. After decades of R&D struggles, the time for AGI is now finally near. Since the early aughts,

Dr. Ben Goertzel has been the leading force advancing the concept of AGI in the research community and the public sphere. Here he… read more

Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

August 1, 2016

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Stephen Wolfram
year published |
2016

This book of thoroughly engaging essays from one of today’s most prodigious innovators provides a uniquely personal perspective on the lives and achievements of a selection of intriguing figures from the history of science and technology. Weaving together his immersive interest in people and history with insights gathered from his own experiences, Stephen Wolfram gives an ennobling look at some of the individuals whose ideas and creations have helped shape… read more

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