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Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

November 30, 2010

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Jim Blascovich, Jeremy Bailenson
year published |
2011

Harper Collins | How far off is the science in the film Avatar? Do our brains know where “reality” ends and “virtual” begins? Where is technology leading us? Two leading authorities in the field of virtual reality answer these questions and more as they examine the possibilities and potential of emerging digital technologies to free our minds and change our understanding of what it means to be… read more

Are We Getting Smarter?: Rising IQ in the Twenty-First Century

October 29, 2012

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James R. Flynn
year published |
2012

The ‘Flynn effect’ is a surprising finding, identified by James R. Flynn, that IQ test scores have significantly increased from one generation to the next over the past century. Flynn now brings us an exciting new book which aims to make sense of this rise in IQ scores and considers what this tells us about our intelligence, our minds and society. Are We Getting Smarter? features fascinating new material… read more

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live

August 21, 2013

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author |
Marlene Zuk
year published |
2013

An exposé of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live today.

We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist… read more

Bankrupting Physics: How Today’s Top Scientists are Gambling Away Their Credibility

September 12, 2013

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Alexander Unzicker, Sheilla Jones
year published |
2013

The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public’s imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in the universe. It’s no wonder that the media refers to it grandly as the “God particle.” Yet behind closed doors, physicists are admitting that there is much more to this story, and even years of gunning the Large Hadron Collider and herculean number crunching may… read more

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

June 2, 2014

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author |
Nick Bostrom
year published |
2014

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general… read more

Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human

September 5, 2014

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David Roden
year published |
2014

We imagine posthumans as humans made superhumanly intelligent or resilient by future advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. Many argue that these enhanced people might live better lives; others fear that tinkering with our nature will undermine our sense of our own humanity. Whoever is right, it is assumed that our technological successor will be an upgraded or degraded version of us: Human 2.0.

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

February 23, 2015

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John Brockman
year published |
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

(R)evolution

May 4, 2015

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PJ Manney
year published |
2015

Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No… read more

The Compassionate Conspiracy: A Field Guide to Changing the World

March 12, 2017

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author |
Philip Johnson
year published |
2016

As the world around us gasps for breath an environment of unprecedented complexity and need, we find ourselves overwhelmed and asking is there anything we can do to make a difference? The Compassionate Conspiracy answers with a resounding Yes and serves as a practical guide to help readers discover their passion and develop their personal plan to make a world of difference.

— Publisher

Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space

September 8, 2014

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Garik Israelian
year published |
2014

Starmus is an incredible series of talks, articles and recollections that celebrate the human exploration of space. It is the result of the Starmus meeting in 2011, where legendary Russian and American pioneers of the space age met up for the first time to share the moments that electrified the human race. The next Starmus meeting is in September 2014. An all-star cast of international celebrities have joined forces in… read more

Pwning Tomorrow: Stories from the Electronic Frontier

December 18, 2015

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Neil Gaiman, Bruce Sterling, Lauren Beukes, Cory Doctorow, Carolyn Jewel, Annalee Newitz and others
year published |
2015

As part of EFF’s 25th Anniversary celebration, we’re releasing a Creative Commons-licensed anthology of short fiction! The ebook is called “Pwning Tomorrow: Stories from the Electronic Frontier,” and it features speculative fiction from more than 20 authors, including Bruce Sterling, Lauren Beukes, Cory Doctorow, and Charlie Jane Anders.

The authors in this collection explore the wonders and perils of technology over the next 25 years and beyond,… read more

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

June 18, 2013

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author |
Al Gore
year published |
2013

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front… read more

The Coming Jobs War

November 17, 2016

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author |
Jim Clifton
year published |
2011

Definitive leadership strategy for fixing the American economy, drawn from Gallup’s unmatched global polling and written by the company’s chairman.

What everyone in the world wants is a good job. “This is one of the most important discoveries Gallup has ever made,” says the company’s Chairman, Jim Clifton.

In The Coming Jobs War, Clifton makes the bold assertion that job creation and successful entrepreneurship are the world’s… read more

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

December 18, 2014

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author |
Shane Harris
year published |
2014

A surprising, page-turning account of how the wars of the future are already being fought today
The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @WAR shows, U.S. hackers were crucial… read more

Augmenting Cognition

May 21, 2012

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author |
Idan Segev, Henry Markram
year published |
2011

Amazon | The Human brain is only 100,000 years old. Yet, this newly evolved organ endows us with unique creative capabilities beyond all other living creatures, including the gift to understand itself. As our very survival and success in life depends on utilizing our brain’s power, intense efforts have begun worldwide to understand the brain, reverse-engineer it and even augment its capacity. Towards this end we harness every trick in… read more

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