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Robotics Demystified

February 7, 2011

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Author:
Edwin Wise
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional (2004)

This is a self-teaching guide approach to introductory robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their first robot.  Each lesson in robotics is presented step by step with exercises to reinforce the ideas of each lesson. Topics include essential electronics, mechanics, and programming concepts, mobile, industrial, and research ‘bots, and how to make robots sense and think.

Robots, Androids and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build

February 7, 2011

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Author:
John Iovine
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics (2001)

In Robots, Androids and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build, electronics expert John Iovine serves up easy-to-follow plans and step-by-step instructions for constructing your very own state-of-the-art working robot that will obey your orders, act as your surrogate and even do scores of tough chores. You’ll find everything you need to harness the latest robotics technologies — locomotion, sensing and control — to develop a high-tech robot,… read more

Build A Remote-Controlled Robot

February 7, 2011

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Author:
David R. Shircliff
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics (2002)

How to build a remote controlled roving person shaped device complete with vacuum cleaner and beverage dispenser.  The book is written by a teacher who answers questions you might ask, and who emphasizes the fun aspect of building robots.  This book bypasses history, design, or electronics theory and simply gets right to the heart of building the robot with an air of happiness.

Robot Builder’s Bonanza, Third Edition

February 3, 2011

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Author:
Gordon McComb
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics (2006)

This is the ultimate guide for building and experimenting with robots.  It is also the best selling hobby robotics books.  A whopping 700 pages it contains virtually everything there is to know about modern robotics including  how to convert a toy into a robot, speech systhesis and recognition, vision/robotic eyes, collision detection and avoidance  and the computer programming required to tie everything together to make it work.… read more

Robot Building for Beginners

February 3, 2011

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Author:
David Cook
Publisher:
Apress (2010)

The book gives basics on the electronics needed for building a robot. It is a good guide for those who want to learn not only about robots at the beginning level but who are keen to know how to use a multi-meter and what and when to use a resistor. It can turn a beginner’s fear of robotic electronics into a robotic blast-off.

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots

February 3, 2011

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Author:
Gareth Branwyn
Publisher:
Que (2003)

If you have an interest in robotics, but not sure how to get started, this could be the right book to get past that hurdle. It covers basic skills like soldering and programming, and steps you through how to build three simple robots.  The reader is gently led through an easy to follow robot building procedure with a list and photo of the parts needed to build the… read more

One Second After

February 3, 2011

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Author:
William R. Forstchen
Publisher:
Forge Books (2009)

Amazon | New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real, a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages — A war based upon a weapon, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be… read more

Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)

February 3, 2011

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Author:
Richard K. Morgan
Publisher:
Del Rey (2003)

Amazon | In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body… read more

Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

February 3, 2011

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Author:
Nicholas G. Carr
Publisher:
Harvard Business Press (1970)

Amazon | A bold manifesto on the future of Information Technology. Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success. IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT’s power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic… read more

The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

February 3, 2011

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Author:
Nicholas G. Carr
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company (2008)

Amazon | An eye-opening look at the new computer revolution and the coming transformation of our economy, society, and culture. A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a… read more

The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

January 26, 2011

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Author:
Richard Panek
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011)

Amazon | In the past few years, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every planet, star, and galaxy. The rest — 96 percent of the universe — is completely unknown.

Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this cosmos-shattering… read more

The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale

January 25, 2011

The Winter of Our Disconnect

Author:
Susan Maushart
Publisher:
Tarcher (2011)

Amazon | The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more.

When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug on her family’s entire armory of electronic weaponry for six months — from the itsy-bitsiest iPod Shuffle to her son’s seriously souped-up gaming PC — her three kids didn’t blink an eye.… read more

The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

January 25, 2011

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Author:
George Friedman
Publisher:
Doubleday (2011)

Amazon | The author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Next 100 Years now focuses his geopolitical forecasting acumen on the next decade and the imminent events and challenges that will test America and the world, specifically addressing the skills that will be required by the decade’s leaders.

The next ten years will be a time of massive transition. The wars in the Islamic world… read more

Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything

January 18, 2011

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Author:
Gordon Bell, Jim Gemmell
Publisher:
Dutton Adult (2009)

Amazon | The total recall revolution is inevitable. It will change what it means to be human. It has already begun. What if you could remember everything? Soon, if you choose, you will be able to conveniently and affordably record your whole life in minute detail. You would have Total Recall.

Authors Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell draw on experience from their MyLifeBits project at Microsoft Research… read more

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 7, 2011

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Author:
Mark Stevenson
Publisher:
Profile (2011)

Amazon | Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us — and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Transhumanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the… read more

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