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Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

December 14, 2016

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author |
Steven Johnson
year published |
2016

book summary from publisher:

In this charming study, author Steven Johnson 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… read more

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

February 10, 2011

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author |
P. W. Singer
year published |
2009

Amazon | A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself.

P. W. Singer’s previous two books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers — predictions that proved all too accurate. Now, he explores the greatest revolution… read more

Winter of the Genomes

October 15, 2014

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author |
Larry Kilham
year published |
2014

Winter of the Genomes explores how humans will fit into an evolving ecosystem being impacted by artificial intelligence. We are entering the age of AI and robots when they could take as many as half the jobs in industrialized countries. On the other hand, robots are also making inroads as lovable companions, and they don’t eat, drink water, or create waste.

If populations drop… read more

Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future

December 28, 2016

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author |
Tomasz Tunguz, Frank Bien
year published |
2016

Crest the data wave with a deep cultural shift 

Winning with Data  explores the cultural changes big data brings to business, and shows you how to adapt your organization to leverage data to maximum effect. Authors Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien draw on extensive background in big data, business intelligence, and business strategy to provide a blueprint for companies looking to move head-on into the data wave.… read more

Wicked Problems – Social Messes: Decision Support Modelling with Morphological Analysis

September 1, 2011

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author |
Tom Ritchey
year published |
2011

Amazon | This is the first dedicated book to be published on computer-aided General Morphological Analysis (GMA) as a non-quantified modelling method. It presents the history and theory of GMA and describes how it is used to develop interactive, non-quantified inference models. Eleven case studies are presented out of more than 100 projects carried out since 1995, illustrating how GMA has been employed for structuring complex policy… read more

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

March 23, 2012

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author |
Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
year published |
2012

Amazon | Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how… read more

Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective

August 31, 2015

Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned

author |
Kenneth O Stanley, Joel Lehman
year published |
2015

Why does modern life revolve around objectives? From how science is funded, to improving how children are educated — and nearly everything in-between — our society has become obsessed with a seductive illusion: that greatness results from doggedly measuring improvement in the relentless pursuit of an ambitious goal.

In Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned, Stanley and Lehman begin with a surprising scientific discovery in artificial intelligence that leads ultimately… read more

Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

December 14, 2011

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author |
Michael S. Gazzaniga
year published |
2011

Amazon | The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

A powerful orthodoxy in the study of the brain has taken hold in recent years: Since physical laws govern the physical world and our own brains are part of that world, physical

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Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto

September 7, 2012
author |
Stewart Brand
year published |
2009

An icon of the environmental movement outlines a provocative approach for reclaiming our planet

According to Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization-half the world’s population now lives in cities, and eighty percent… read more

Who Owns the Future?

May 7, 2013

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author |
Jaron Lanier
year published |
2013

The Dazzling New Masterwork from the Prophet of Silicon Valley

Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology is transforming our culture.… read more

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future

December 30, 2016

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author |
Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
year published |
2016

“The future,” as the author William Gibson once noted, “is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.” Whiplash is a postcard from that future.

The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in our history. The tools of our modern existence are getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, just as billions of strangers around the world are suddenly just one click or… read more

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

October 13, 2010
author |
Steven Johnson
year published |
2010

Amazon | With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson… read more

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection

May 10, 2011

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author |
Gabor Mate
year published |
2011

Amazon | Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and the author’s decades of experience as a practicing physician, this book provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play in an array of… read more

When I’m 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension, and What Happens If It Succeeds

September 26, 2012

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author |
David Ewing Duncan
year published |
2012

How long do you want to live, and why? These are the questions that bestselling author (‘Experimental Man’) and science writer David Ewing Duncan explores, with surprising results.

When I’m 164 surveys the increasingly legitimate science of radical life extension — from genetics and regeneration to machine solutions — and considers the pluses and minuses of living to age 164, or beyond: everything from the impact on population… read more

When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies

May 6, 2011

When Gadgets Betray Us

author |
Robert Vamosi
year published |
2011

Amazon | Technology is evolving faster than we are. As our mobile phones, mp3 players, cars, and digital cameras become more and more complex, we understand less and less about how they actually work and what personal details these gadgets might reveal about us.

Robert Vamosi, an award-winning journalist and analyst who has been covering digital security issues for more than a decade, shows us the dark… read more

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