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The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects

October 1, 2013

The Big Book of Hacks

author |
Doug Cantor
year published |
2012

Fire up your soldering iron, charge up that drill, and get ready to hack! From a tiny theremin to a watermelon keg, from an automatic cat feeder to a glowing mousepad, the ingenious and hilarious projects in The Big Book of Hacks are perfect for aspiring makers. And it’s all brought to you by the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine.

Four comprehensive chapters help you create megafun games and toys for… read more

Human Being @ Risk: Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations (Philosophy of Engineering and Technology)

March 14, 2013

Human Being @ Risk

author |
Mark Coeckelbergh
year published |
2013

Whereas standard approaches to risk and vulnerability presuppose a strict separation between humans and their world, this book develops an existential-phenomenological approach according to which we are always already beings-at-risk. Moreover, it is argued that in our struggle against vulnerability, we create new vulnerabilities and thereby transform ourselves as much as we transform the world. Responding to the discussion about human enhancement and information technologies, the book then shows… read more

Strategic Relocation – North American Guide to Safe Places

October 30, 2012

Strategic Relocation

author |
Joel Skousen
year published |
2010

What if: a labor crisis halts the inflow of food and business goods? Will your community provide the basic necessities of life? an economic crisis that threatens your pensions, investments and other so-called “guaranteed” income? a major earthquake or other natural disaster suddenly upsets the natural social order for months at a time? Could you get out of harm’s way if massive social unrest erupts in the wake of… read more

The Last Firewall

September 12, 2013

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author |
William Hertling
year published |
2013

In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don’t harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions.

Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out… read more

Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

December 14, 2011

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author |
Michael S. Gazzaniga
year published |
2011

Amazon | The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

A powerful orthodoxy in the study of the brain has taken hold in recent years: Since physical laws govern the physical world and our own brains are part of that world, physical

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Civilization: The West and the Rest

February 13, 2013
author |
Niall Ferguson
year published |
2012

Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries

How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that… read more

Visions of the Future

January 13, 2016

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author |
J. Daniel Batt et al.
year published |
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

Seveneves: A Novel

August 1, 2016

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author |
Neal Stephenson
year published |
2015

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to… read more

Solar Express

November 3, 2015

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author |
L. E. Modesitt
year published |
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

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

The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success

August 21, 2013

The Chaos Imperative

author |
Ori Brafman, Judah Pollack
year published |
2013

In the bestselling tradition of Switch and Made to Stick, Ori Brafman reveals how organizations can drive growth and profits by allowing contained chaos and disruption the space to flourish, generating new ideas that trigger innovation.

In The Chaos Imperative, organizational expert and bestselling author Ori Brafman (SwayThe Starfish and the Spider) shows how even the best and most efficient organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to today’s US Army, benefit from allowing… read more

Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence and Where It’s Taking Us Next

March 17, 2017

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author |
Luke Dormehl
year published |
2017

A fascinating look at Artificial Intelligence, from its humble Cold War beginnings to the dazzling future that is just around the corner.

When most of us think about Artificial Intelligence, our minds go straight to cyborgs, robots, and sci-fi thrillers where machines take over the world. But the truth is that Artificial Intelligence is already among us. It exists in our smartphones, fitness trackers, and refrigerators that tell us… read more

The Brain Supremacy: Notes from the Frontiers of Neuroscience

November 1, 2012

The Brain Supremacy

author |
Kathleen Taylor
year published |
2012

Advances in physics, chemistry and other natural sciences have given us extraordinary control over our world. But today the balance of power in the sciences is changing, as research on the brain and mind has produced important breakthroughs in our understanding of ourselves and of our environment. As a result, funding and researchers are pouring into the field of neuroscience.

The Brain Supremacy is a lucid and rational guide… read more

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t

November 26, 2012

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author |
Nate Silver
year published |
2012

“Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century.”
—Rachel Maddow, author of Drift

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty.The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters.… read more

Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

August 1, 2016

Idea Makers

author |
Stephen Wolfram
year published |
2016

This book of thoroughly engaging essays from one of today’s most prodigious innovators provides a uniquely personal perspective on the lives and achievements of a selection of intriguing figures from the history of science and technology. Weaving together his immersive interest in people and history with insights gathered from his own experiences, Stephen Wolfram gives an ennobling look at some of the individuals whose ideas and creations have helped shape… read more

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