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Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding — And How We Can Improve the World Even More

December 29, 2010

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Author:
Charles Kenny
Publisher:
Basic Books (2011)

Amazon | As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty — and even happiness.… read more

The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life

December 29, 2010

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Author:
Michael Fossel, Greta Blackburn, Dave Woynarowski
Publisher:
Wiley (2010)

Amazon | Based on Nobel Prize–winning genetic research — a simple plan to keep your telomeres healthy for better health and longevity

Telomeres play an important role in protecting our chromosomes from critical damage. The shortening of the telomere disrupts vital cellular function and promotes the previously seemingly inevitable onset of aging and various diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Drawing from the groundbreaking discoveries about telomeres… read more

The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension

December 28, 2010

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Author:
Gregory M. Fahy
Publisher:
Springer (2010)

Amazon | Just as the health costs of aging threaten to bankrupt developed countries, this book makes the scientific case that a biological “bailout” could be on the way, and that human aging can be different in the future than it is today. Here 40 authors argue how our improving understanding of the biology of aging and selected technologies should enable the successful use of many different… read more

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

December 16, 2010

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Author:
Douglas Rushkoff
Publisher:
OR Books (2010)

Amazon | Today’s leading media theorist offers everyone a practical yet mind-blowing guide to our digital world. The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: it’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let… read more

Does Aging Stop?

December 16, 2010

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Author:
Laurence D. Mueller, Casandra L. Rauser, Michael R. Rose
Publisher:
Oxford University Press (2011)

Amazon | Does Aging Stop? reveals the most paradoxical finding of recent aging research: the cessation of demographic aging. The authors show that aging stops at the level of the individual organism, and explain why evolution allows this. The implications of this counter-intuitive conclusion are profound, and aging research now needs to accept three uncomfortable truths. First, aging is not a cumulative physiological process. Second, the fundamental… read more

Multis and Monos: What the Multicultured Can Teach the Monocultured Towards the Creation of a Global State

December 15, 2010

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Author:
Hugo de Garis
Publisher:
ETC Publications (2010)

Amazon | Dr. de Garis’ main thrust in his book is to advocate the creation of one global state (Globa). To do this, he strongly advocates that the world’s citizens need to be more “Multi” persons; living, working, and touristing in other countries. Mono-cultured persons are largely ignorant of what other countries have to better offer their own country. Dr. de Garis cites early thinkers such as… read more

The Artilect War: Cosmists Vs. Terrans

December 15, 2010

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Author:
Hugo de Garis
Publisher:
ETC Publications (2005)

Amazon |  This book’s main idea is that this century’s global politics will be dominated by the “species dominance” issue.  21st century technologies will enable the building of artilects (artificial intellects, artificial intelligences, massively intelligent machines) with 1040 components, using reversible, heatless, 3D, molecular scale, self assembling, one bit per atom, nano-teched, quantum computers, which may dwarf human intelligence levels by a factor of trillions of trillions… read more

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

December 14, 2010

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Author:
Sherry Turkle
Publisher:
Basic Books (2011)

Amazon | Consider Facebook — it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.

In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives.… read more

Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

November 30, 2010

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Author:
Jim Blascovich, Jeremy Bailenson
Publisher:
William Morrow (2011)

Harper Collins | How far off is the science in the film Avatar? Do our brains know where “reality” ends and “virtual” begins? Where is technology leading us? Two leading authorities in the field of virtual reality answer these questions and more as they examine the possibilities and potential of emerging digital technologies to free our minds and change our understanding of what it means to be… read more

Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century

November 30, 2010

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Author:
Carl Schoonover
Publisher:
Abrams (2010)

Amazon | Portraits of the Mind follows the fascinating history of our exploration of the brain through images, from medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, allowing us to see the fantastic networks in the brain as never before. These black-and-white and vibrantly colored images, many resembling abstract art, are employed daily by scientists around the world,… read more

Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

November 29, 2010

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Author:
Nicholas Agar
Publisher:
The MIT Press (2010)

Amazon | Proposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can. And yet this is what contemporary advocates of radical enhancement offer in all seriousness. They present a variety of technologies and therapies that will expand our capacities far beyond what is currently possible for human beings.… read more

Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction

November 29, 2010

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Author:
Brian Clegg
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press (2010)

Publisher’s Weekly | Clegg (Before the Big Bang) explores how runaway science and other disasters might destroy humanity. He begins with the much discussed but highly speculative concerns over the operation of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. The collider is designed to recreate energies equal to those existing at the time of the big bang, which some theorists say might create a chain reaction that would dissolve the… read more

Brain Cuttings

November 29, 2010

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Author:
Carl Zimmer
Publisher:
Scott & Nix, Inc. (2010)

Amazon | The human brain has long been a mystery, but twenty-first century science is beginning to reveal some of its inner workings. With microscopes and brain scans, with psychological experiments and breakthroughs in genetics, neuroscientists are developing new theories about every aspect of our minds — from the nature of consciousness to the causes of disorders like autism and schizophrenia.

In Brain Cuttings, award-winning science… read more

After the Software Wars

November 16, 2010

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Author:
Keith Cary Curtis
Publisher:
Keithcu Press (2009)

Keithcu Press | Given currently available technology, we should already have cars that drive us around in absolute safety, leaving us to lounge comfortably in the back while sipping champagne. We have all the hardware — the video cameras, motion sensors and high powered computers — and we’ve had this technology for decades. So why don’t cars drive themselves?

The answer is that we don’t have the software.… read more

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

November 10, 2010
Author:
Jane McGonigal
Publisher:
The Penguin Press HC (2011)

Amazon | More than 174 million Americans are gamers, and the average young person in the United States will spend ten thousand hours gaming by the age of twenty-one. According to world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal, the reason for this mass exodus to virtual worlds is that videogames are increasingly fulfilling genuine human needs. In this groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, McGonigal reveals… read more

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