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The Hydrogen Sonata

January 23, 2013
Author:
Iain M. Banks
Publisher:
Orbit (2012)

The New York Times bestselling Culture novel…
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.

An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision… read more

Our Uncertain Future: When Digital Evolution, Global Warming and Automation Converge

November 12, 2013

Our Uncertain Future

Author:
David M Mills Ph.D.
Publisher:
Pacific Beach Publishing (2013)

There are many different predictions about our future.  Some experts predict an incredible future propelled by digital technology and other advances, others predict destruction due to climate change, yet others predict automation will cause massive unemployment and economic collapse.  We have been told of advantages and warned of dangers of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and other technologies.  Each author has largely ignored the other points of view.  But, there can be only… read more

Rhythms of the Brain

August 3, 2010

Rhythms of the Brain

Author:
Gyorgy Buzsaki
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA (2006)

Amazon | Studies of mechanisms in the brain that allow complicated things to happen in a coordinated fashion have produced some of the most spectacular discoveries in neuroscience. This book provides eloquent support for the idea that spontaneous neuron activity, far from being mere noise, is actually the source of our cognitive abilities. It takes a fresh look at the co-evolution of structure and function in the mammalian brain,… read more

The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study

March 30, 2011

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Author:
Howard S. Friedman, Leslie R. Martin
Publisher:
Hudson Street Press (2011)

Amazon | This landmark study — which Dr. Andrew Weil calls “a remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions” — upends the advice we have been told about how to live to a healthy old age.

We have been told that the key to longevity involves obsessing over what we eat, how much we stress, and how fast we run. Based on the most extensive study of longevity ever conducted, Theread more

Atlas Shrugged

April 21, 2011

Atlas Shrugged

Author:
Ayn Rand
Publisher:
Plume (1999)

Amazon | Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama… read more

3D Printing: The Next Technology Gold Rush – Future Factories and How to Capitalize on Distributed Manufacturing

August 21, 2013

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Author:
Christopher D. Winnan
Publisher:
Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (2013)

This book concentrates on three main areas.

1. Easy to read, yet detailed explanations of all the 3D printing related technologies currently available
2. Practical advice on how this technology can be leveraged as a successful business in today’s economy.
3. The wider long-term repercussions, including real world examples of how 3D printing is set to change the future of industry.

Part 1 of this book presents… read more

Redesigning Humans: Choosing Our Genes, Changing Our Future

November 22, 2013

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Author:
Gregory Stock
Publisher:
Mariner Books (2003)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | A groundbreaking work, Redesigning Humans tackles the controversial subject of engineering the human germline — the process of permanently altering the genetic code of an individual so that the changes are passed on to the offspring. Gregory Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, has glimpsed the inevitable future of biomedical engineering.

Within decades, Stock asserts, technological advances will bring… read more

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

October 1, 2012

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Author:
Chris Anderson
Publisher:
Crown Business (2012)

Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.  In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing.  A generation of “Makers”… read more

The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

November 5, 2012

The World As It Is

Author:
Chris Hedges
Publisher:
Nation Books (2011)

Drawing on two decades of experience as a war correspondent and based on his numerous columns for Truthdig, Chris Hedges presents The World As It Is, a panorama of the American empire at home and abroad, from the coarsening effect of America’s War on Terror to the front lines in the Middle East and South Asia and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Underlying his reportage is a constant… read more

Imagined Worlds (Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures)

February 15, 2013

Imagined worlds

Author:
Freeman Dyson
Publisher:
Harvard University Press (1998)

Imagine a world where whole epochs will pass, cultures rise and fall, between a telephone call and the reply. Think of the human race multiplying 500-million fold, or evolving new, distinct species. Consider the technology of space colonization, computer-assisted reproduction, the “Martian potato.” One hundred years after H. G. Wells visited the future in The Time Machine, Freeman Dyson marshals his uncommon gifts as a scientist and storyteller to take… read more

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto

September 7, 2012
Author:
Stewart Brand
Publisher:
Viking Adult (2009)

An icon of the environmental movement outlines a provocative approach for reclaiming our planet

According to Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization-half the world’s population now lives in cities, and eighty percent… read more

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

June 14, 2013

Erasing death

Author:
Sam Parnia, Josh Young
Publisher:
Harper Collins (2013)

Harper Collins | Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death reveals that death is not a moment in time. Death, rather, is a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Innovative techniques have proven to be effective in revitalizing both the body and mind, but they are only employed in approximately half of the hospitals throughout the United States and Europe.… read more

3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution

March 10, 2014

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Author:
Aaron Council, Michael Petch, Edward Long
Publisher:
gyges3d.com (2014)

Have you ever wondered what a world where any item you desired was available at the click of a button would look like?

In 2014, 3D printing will go mainstream. 3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution scrutinizes what this will mean for the world and the future of humanity.

The ability for anyone to print guns, drugs, or iPhones is getting closer. This means a… read more

The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism

September 12, 2014

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Author:
Steve Fuller, Veronika Lipinska
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan (2014)

The “proactionary principle” was introduced by transhumanists. Whereas precautionaries believe that we are on the brink on environmental catastrophe because we’re too willing to take risks, proactionaries believe that humans stand apart from the rest of nature by our capacity for successful risk taking. In terms of current environmental problems, therefore, solutions lie not in turning our backs on our love affair with technology but by intensifying it –… read more

The Soar Cognitive Architecture

June 6, 2012

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Author:
John E. Laird
Publisher:
MIT Press (2012)

In development for thirty years, Soar is a general cognitive architecture that integrates knowledge-intensive reasoning, reactive execution, hierarchical reasoning, planning, and learning from experience, with the goal of creating a general computational system that has the same cognitive abilities as humans. In contrast, most AI systems are designed to solve only one type of problem, such as playing chess, searching the Internet, or scheduling aircraft departures. Soar is both… read more

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