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Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft

November 16, 2015

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Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, Nancy Kress
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2015

Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft is an anthology of new short work from some of the greatest science fiction writers in the field. These visionary stories explore prediction science, quantum computing, real-time translation, machine learning, and much more. The authors used inside access to leading-edge work from Microsoft Research as inspiration, crafting pieces that predict the near-future of technology — and examine its complex relationship to our core… read more

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

July 8, 2016

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Nick SRNICEK, Alex Williams
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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

Solar Express

November 3, 2015

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L. E. Modesitt
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2015

You can’t militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis; what appears to be an undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. There is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed… read more

Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed

March 4, 2016

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Charles Fadel, Bernie Trilling, Maya Bialik
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2015

What should students learn to best prepare for the twenty-first century? In this book, the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) describes a framework built to address this question, so that curriculum is redesigned for versatility and adaptability, to thrive in our volatile present and uncertain future. The framework focuses on knowledge (what to know and understand), skills (how to use that knowledge), character (how to behave and engage in… read more

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

January 25, 2016

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Lisa Randall
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2015

In this brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment, the renowned particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth.

Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a… read more

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

December 1, 2015

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Ted Koppel
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2015

In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.
 
Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running… read more

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

February 15, 2016

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Matt Ridley
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2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating, brilliant argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.

The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch—the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution, for direction rather than emergence. Drawing on anecdotes from… read more

Visions of the Future

January 13, 2016

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J. Daniel Batt et al.
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2015

Visions of the Future is a collection of stories and essays including Nebula and Hugo award-winning works. In this anthology, you’ll find stories and essays about artificial intelligence, androids, faster-than-light travel, and the extension of human life. You’ll read about the future of human institutions and culture.

But these literary works are more than just a reprisal of the classical elements of science fiction and futurism. At their core,… read more

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

October 12, 2015

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David A. Mindell
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2015

“[An] essential book… it is required reading as we seriously engage one of the most important debates of our time.”—Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

From drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument for the crucial role of humans in our increasingly technological future.

In Our Robots, Ourselves, David Mindell… read more

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

September 28, 2015

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Sherry Turkle
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2015

Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivityand why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its… read more

What to Think About Machines That Think: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence

October 9, 2015

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John Brockman
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2015

As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman’s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling “Edge Question Series” asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think?

The development of artificial intelligence has been a source of fascination and anxiety ever since Alan Turing formalized the concept in 1950. Today, Stephen Hawking believes that AI “could spell… read more

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

February 15, 2016

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Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner
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2015

From one of the world’s most highly regarded social scientists, a transformative book on the habits of mind that lead to the best predictions

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week’s meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts’… read more

The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality

May 9, 2016

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Jason Jerald
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2015

Virtual reality (VR) potentially provides our minds with direct access to digital media in a way that at first seems to have no limits.However, creating compelling VR experiences is an incredibly complex challenge.When VR is done well, the results are brilliant and pleasurable experiences that go beyond what we can do in the real world.When VR is done badly, not only is the system frustrating to use, but sickness can… read more

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

March 16, 2015
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Jerry Kaplan
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2015

After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and… read more

The Technological Singularity

September 28, 2015

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Murray Shanahan
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2015

The idea that human history is approaching a “singularity” — that ordinary humans will someday be overtaken by artificially intelligent machines or cognitively enhanced biological intelligence, or both — has moved from the realm of science fiction to serious debate. Some singularity theorists predict that if the field of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to develop at its current dizzying rate, the singularity could come about in the middle of… read more

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