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The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches

May 1, 2015

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Marshall Brain
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2015

Right now, as far as we can tell, there is exactly one intelligent species in the universe and it is us: human beings. We currently see no evidence of any kind indicating that extraterrestrials exist outside of our solar system.

But at this moment, millions of engineers, scientists, corporations, universities and entrepreneurs are racing to create the second intelligent species right here on planet earth. And we can… read more

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy

December 11, 2012

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK

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Federico Pistono
year published |
2012

You are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace. You are wrong. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.

That is the argument for a phenomenon called technological unemployment, one that is pervading… read more

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

September 4, 2015

Rise of the Robots

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Martin Ford
year published |
2015

What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine—and hope—that today’s industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era.

In Rise of the Robots, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this is absolutely not the case. As… read more

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

July 8, 2016

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Nick SRNICEK, Alex Williams
year published |
2015

A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work

Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite.

Inventing the Future is a bold new manifesto for life after capitalism. Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and the left,… read more

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

November 10, 2014

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Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
year published |
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

Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

August 20, 2013

Mind and Cosmos Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

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Thomas Nagel
year published |
2012

The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology.

Since minds are features of biological systems that have… read more

Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry

April 24, 2013

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Cole Gerst

WHAT: A full color book about the life and work of one of the greatest minds of our times, Buckminster Fuller. Features hundreds of illustrations and contains over 15,000 words. The book covers important events of Fuller’s life from the day he was born.

All of his important designs, inventions and contributions are covered from the “jitterbug transformation” to his most famous invention, the geodesic dome. The book also… read more

A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and US National Security

October 20, 2014

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Christopher A. Preble, John Mueller
year published |
2014

In 2012, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey contended that “we are living in the most dangerous time in my lifetime, right now.” In 2013, he was more assertive, stating that the world is “more dangerous than it has ever been.” Is this accurate? In this book, an edited volume of papers presented at the Cato Institute’s Dangerous World Conference, experts on international security assess,… read more

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

June 30, 2016

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Robin Hanson
year published |
2016

Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?

Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or “ems.” Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.

Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army… read more

Ten Billion

July 15, 2013

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Stephen Emmott
year published |
2013

A VINTAGE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.
There are now over seven billion of us.
And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion.

As the population… read more

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

March 4, 2013

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Max More, Natasha Vita-More
year published |
2013

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, edited by Max More and Natasha Vita-More, will be published April 29, 2013.

It is one of the first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the origins and current state… read more

Extinction

April 18, 2013

Extinction

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Mark Alpert
year published |
2013

A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller.

Jim Pierce hasn’t heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim’s lab looking for her, he knows that she’s cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn’t find her first.

The Chinese military… read more

Anticipating 2025: A guide to the radical changes that may lie ahead, whether or not we’re ready

July 30, 2014

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David W. Wood
year published |
2014

The near future deserves more of our attention. A great deal can change over the next few years.

From mid 2014 until 2025, there will be seven 18-month “Moore’s Law” generations, potentially resulting in a 128-fold increase in raw computing performance (that’s 2 multiplied by itself 7 times). That will enable devices with core components that are, for example, 5 times more powerful, 5 times cheaper, and 5… read more

Physics in Mind: A Quantum View of the Brain

January 28, 2013

Physics in Mind

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Werner Loewenstein
year published |
2013

No one can escape a sense of awe when reflecting on the workings of the mind: we see, we hear, we feel, we are aware of the world around us. But what is the mind? What do we mean when we say we are “aware” of something? What is this peculiar state in our heads, at once utterly familiar and bewilderingly mysterious, that we call awareness or consciousness?… read more

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

August 13, 2013

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Annalee Newitz
year published |
2013


In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?

As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past… read more

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