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Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future

December 30, 2016

Whiplash

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

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

December 28, 2016

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author |
Timothy Ferriss
year published |
2016

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

From the author:

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.… read more

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

December 28, 2016

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author |
Tim Wu
year published |
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

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

The Fourth Transformation

December 15, 2016

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author |
Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
year published |
2016

Ten years from today, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but device that looks like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for Virtual and Augmented Reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together, that we won’t really be able to tell what is real and what is illusion.
Instead of touching and… read more

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

Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness

December 10, 2016

Rights Come to Mind

author |
Joseph J. Fins
year published |
2015

Through the sobering story of Maggie Worthen, and her mother, Nancy, this book tells of one family’s struggle with severe brain injury and how developments in neuroscience call for a reconsideration of what society owes patients at the edge of consciousness.

Drawing upon over fifty in-depth family interviews, the history of severe brain injury from Quinlan to Schiavo, and his participation in landmark clinical trials, such as the first… read more

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

November 24, 2016

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author |
Thomas L. Friedman
year published |
2016

Friedman (coauthor of That Used to Be Us), a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work as a reporter with the New York Times, engages in an intelligent but overlong discussion of the faster paces of change in technology, globalization, and climate around the world. His core argument is that “simultaneous accelerations in the Market, Mother Nature and Moore’s law” (the principle that the power of microchips doubles every two years)… 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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author |
Julian Guthrie
year published |
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

The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization

November 18, 2016

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author |
Richard Baldwin
year published |
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 Coming Jobs War

November 17, 2016

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author |
Jim Clifton
year published |
2011

Definitive leadership strategy for fixing the American economy, drawn from Gallup’s unmatched global polling and written by the company’s chairman.

What everyone in the world wants is a good job. “This is one of the most important discoveries Gallup has ever made,” says the company’s Chairman, Jim Clifton.

In The Coming Jobs War, Clifton makes the bold assertion that job creation and successful entrepreneurship are the world’s… read more

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

November 2, 2016

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author |
Andre Rousseau
year published |
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

Infrared Astronomy – Seeing the Heat: from William Herschel to the Herschel Space Observatory

November 1, 2016

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author |
David L. Clements
year published |
2014

Uncover the Secrets of the Universe Hidden at Wavelengths beyond Our Optical Gaze

William Herschel’s discovery of infrared light in 1800 led to the development of astronomy at wavelengths other than the optical. Infrared Astronomy – Seeing the Heat: from William Herschel to the Herschel Space Observatory explores the work in astronomy that relies on observations in the infrared. Author David L. Clements, a distinguished academic and science… read more

The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life

October 28, 2016

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author |
Oliver Luckett, Michael J. Casey
year published |
2016

“Social media is the most obvious recent way that human life is being forever changed by technology. This book’s brilliant unifying metaphor, the Social Organism (which is the converse of my mentor Marvin Minsky’s book Society of Mind) illuminates how the ground is shifting beneath our feet. As Luckett and Casey conclude, social media will begin to act more and more like a global brain. The implications for our wayread more

Preventing Litigation: An Early Warning System to Get Big Value Out of Big Data

October 27, 2016

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author |
Nelson E. Brestoff, William H. Inmon
year published |
2015

Preventing Litigation, for the first time, explains how to build an early warning system to identify the risk of litigation before the damage is done, and proves that there is big value in less litigation. The authors are subject matter experts, one in litigation, the other in computer science, and each has more than four decades of training and experience in their respective fields. Together, they present a way… read more

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