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@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

December 18, 2014

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Author:
Shane Harris
Publisher:
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (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

Alan Turing: The Enigma — The Book That Inspired the Film ‘The Imitation Game’

November 30, 2014

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Author:
Andrew Hodges
Publisher:
Princeton University Press (2014)

Alan Turing died in 1954, but the themes of his life epitomize the turn of the millennium. A pure mathematician from a tradition that prided itself on its impracticality, Turing laid the foundations for modern computer science, writes Andrew Hodges: Alan had proved that there was no “miraculous machine” that could solve all mathematical problems, but in the process he had discovered something almost equally miraculous, the idea of a universal… read more

The Science of Interstellar

November 10, 2014

The Science of Interstellar

Author:
Kip Thorne
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company (2014)

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are… read more

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

November 10, 2014

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Author:
Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
Publisher:
Bantam Press (2014)

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

Like Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on… read more

Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports

November 13, 2014

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Author:
Damien Broderick, Ben Goertzel
Publisher:
McFarland (2014)

Psi is the term used by researchers for a variety of demonstrable but elusive psychic phenomena. This collection of essays provides a detailed survey of the evidence for psi at the level of scientific examination.

Key features of apparent psi phenomena are reviewed, including precognition and remote perception (knowledge of future or distant events that cannot be inferred from present information), presentiment (physiological responses to stimuli that have… read more

The Peripheral

March 31, 2014
Author:
William Gibson
Publisher:
Putnam Adult (2014)

William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010’s New York Times–bestselling Zero History.

Where Flynne and her brother Burton live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne… read more

Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space

September 8, 2014

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Author:
Garik Israelian
Publisher:
Carlton Books Ltd (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

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

August 25, 2014

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Author:
Daniel J. Levitin
Publisher:
Dutton Adult (2014)

New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or… read more

Cosmigraphics

November 24, 2014

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Author:
Michael Benson
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams (2014)

Michael Benson tells the thrilling story of the discovery and description of the universe in a new way. Selecting artful and profound illustrations and maps, many hidden away in the world’s great science libraries and virtually unknown today, he chronicles more than 1,000 years of humanity’s ever-expanding understanding of the size and shape of space itself. He shows how the invention of the telescope inspired visions of unimaginably distant… read more

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)

June 23, 2014

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Author:
Salim Ismail, Mike Malone, Yuri van Geest
Publisher:
Diversion Books (2014)

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth.

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company—the Exponential Organization—that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging things like community, big data, algorithms, and… read more

A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and US National Security

October 20, 2014

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Author:
Christopher A. Preble, John Mueller
Publisher:
Cato Institute (2014)

In 2012, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey contended that “we are living in the most dangerous time in my lifetime, right now.” In 2013, he was more assertive, stating that the world is “more dangerous than it has ever been.” Is this accurate? In this book, an edited volume of papers presented at the Cato Institute’s Dangerous World Conference, experts on international security assess,… read more

Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent

September 16, 2014

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Author:
Douglas Coupland
Publisher:
Visual Editions (2014)

The third book to be released as part of the Writers in Residence series is written by Canadian cultural literary giant Douglas Coupland. Coupland takes readers on a web surfing-inspired ride through Alcatel-Lucent: one of the largest global telecommunications companies in the world.

Coupland, with Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, reports from inside Alcatel’s faceless corporate offices and wire-laden science labs, writing in his inimitably playful and insightful way about… read more

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

October 7, 2014

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Author:
Walter Isaacson
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster (2014)

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative… read more

Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense

August 22, 2014

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Author:
James Giordano
Publisher:
CRC Press (2014)

Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns is the second volume in the Advances in Neurotechnology series. It specifically addresses the neuroethical, legal, and social issues arising from the use of neurotechnology in national security and defense agendas and applications.

Of particular concern are the use of various neurotechnologies in military and intelligence operations training, acquisition of neurobiological and cognitive data for intelligence… read more

Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human

September 5, 2014

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Author:
David Roden
Publisher:
Routledge (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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