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The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches

May 1, 2015

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Marshall Brain
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2015

Right now, as far as we can tell, there is exactly one intelligent species in the universe and it is us: human beings. We currently see no evidence of any kind indicating that extraterrestrials exist outside of our solar system.

But at this moment, millions of engineers, scientists, corporations, universities and entrepreneurs are racing to create the second intelligent species right here on planet earth. And we can… read more

How to Clone a Mammoth

May 8, 2015

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Beth Shapiro
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2015

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in “ancient DNA” research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores… read more

Rationality: From AI to Zombies

December 26, 2015

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Eliezer Yudkowsky
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2015

What does it actually mean to be rational? Not Hollywood-style “rational,” where you forsake all human feeling to embrace Cold Hard Logic. Real rationality, of the sort studied by psychologists, social scientists, and mathematicians. The kind of rationality where you make good decisions, even when it’s hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your… read more

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

March 2, 2015

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Bruce Schneier
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2015

You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The… read more

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

February 24, 2015

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Marc Goodman
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2015

From one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to illuminate the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than you ever thought possible.

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways—but there is an ominous flip side. Criminals are often the earliest, and most… read more

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress (Edge Question Series)

February 23, 2015

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John Brockman
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2015

Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific discovery, today’s visionary thinkers target the greatest roadblocks to innovation.

Few truly new ideas are developed without first abandoning old ones. In the past, discoveries often had to wait for the rise of the next generation to see questions in a new light and let go of old truisms.

Today, in a world that is defined by a rapid rate… read more

Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World

January 21, 2015

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James Canton
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2015

Game-changing trends are coming in business, technology, workforce, economy, security, and environment. Climate change, energy demand, and population growth will redefine global risk and power. Exponential new technologies will emerge in digital money, mobile commerce, and big data. An explosive new middle class of over one billion consumers will enter the marketplace. Every nation, job, business, and person will be transformed. To thrive in this future you have to… read more

How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

February 2, 2015

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Kevin Ashton
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2015

As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first… read more

Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

February 5, 2015

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Peter Nowak
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2015

Our species is entering a new era. Millions of years ago, we created tools to change our environment. Caves became huts, fires became ovens, and clubs became swords. Collectively these tools became technology, and the pace of innovation accelerated. Now we’re applying the latest advancements to our own biology, and technology is becoming part of the process. But is that a good thing? Not if media scare pieces about… read more

The Internet Is Not the Answer

March 30, 2015

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Andrew Keen
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2015

The Internet, created during the Cold War, has now ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. There are many positive ways in which the Internet has contributed to the world, but as a society we are less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects on our psychology, economy, and culture. In The Internet Is Not the Answer, Andrew Keen, a twenty-year veteran of… read more

The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands

February 23, 2015

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Eric Topol
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2015

A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You’ll make an appointment months in advance. You’ll probably wait for several hours until you hear “the doctor will see you now”—but only for fifteen minutes! Then you’ll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you’ll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much… read more

After Physics

February 2, 2015

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David Z Albert
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2015

After Physics presents ambitious new essays about some of the deepest questions at the foundations of physics, by the physicist and philosopher David Albert. The book’s title alludes to the close connections between physics and metaphysics, much in evidence throughout these essays. It also alludes to the work of imagining what it would be like for the project of physical science—considered as an investigation into the fundamental laws of… read more

Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?

March 23, 2015

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James Tagg
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2015

How Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win world war II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time: are humans simply computers or are we more than that? Many scientists think we have a tenuous hold on the title, “most intelligent being on the planet”. They think it’s just a matter of time before computers become smarter than us, and then what? This book… read more

A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design

September 7, 2015

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Frank Wilczek
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2015

Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this “beautiful question.” With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose… read more

Frozen to Life: A Personal Mortality Experiment

February 15, 2016

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D.J. MacLennan
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2015

How far would you go to avoid death?

Frozen to Life is the true account of the author’s extraordinary answer to this question: If he cannot escape the constraints of a “natural” lifespan, he will, upon his death, have his severed head preserved in a vat of liquid nitrogen in the Arizona desert.

This book illuminates the astonishing science behind his decision, and the transformative power of… read more

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