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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

July 8, 2016

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Yuval Noah Harari
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2017

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark… read more

The Fourth Transformation

December 15, 2016

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Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
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2016

Ten years from today, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but device that looks like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for Virtual and Augmented Reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together, that we won’t really be able to tell what is real and what is illusion.
Instead of touching and… read more

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

December 28, 2016

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Timothy Ferriss
year published |
2016

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

From the author:

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.… 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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Thomas L. Friedman
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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 Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life

October 28, 2016

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Oliver Luckett, Michael J. Casey
year published |
2016

“Social media is the most obvious recent way that human life is being forever changed by technology. This book’s brilliant unifying metaphor, the Social Organism (which is the converse of my mentor Marvin Minsky’s book Society of Mind) illuminates how the ground is shifting beneath our feet. As Luckett and Casey conclude, social media will begin to act more and more like a global brain. The implications for our wayread more

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

December 14, 2016

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Steven Johnson
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2016

In this charming study, Johnson (How We Got to Now) examines how the seemingly frivolous and unproductive aspects of society—the things people do for fun, pleasure, and entertainment—have influenced, defined, and created the world. “This is a history of play,” he writes, “a history of the pastimes that human beings have concocted to amuse themselves as an escape from the daily grind of subsistence.”

According to Johnson, the… read more

The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization

November 18, 2016

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Richard Baldwin
year published |
2016

Between 1820 and 1990, the share of world income going to today’s wealthy nations soared from twenty percent to almost seventy. Since then, that share has plummeted to where it was in 1900. As Richard Baldwin explains, this reversal of fortune reflects a new age of globalization that is drastically different from the old.

In the 1800s, globalization leaped forward when steam power and international peace lowered the… read more

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

December 28, 2016

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Tim Wu
year published |
2016

Business is always trying to get our attention—and perhaps our souls—according to this lively if sometimes overwrought history of advertiser-sponsored media.

Columbia law professor and net-neutrality advocate Wu (The Master Switch) takes readers from the 19th-century dawn of New York’s penny press, when media moguls first realized that the attention of readers was their “product” and advertisers their customers, through the propaganda of wartime Britain and Nazi Germany,… read more

Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing Our Cities

October 25, 2016

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Peter Hirshberg, Dale Dougherty, Marcia Kadanoff
year published |
2016

Maker City, or the Maker City Playbook is a comprehensive set of case studies and how-to information useful for city leaders, civic innovators, nonprofits, and others engaged in urban economic development. The Maker City Playbook is committed to going beyond stories to find patterns and discern promising practices to help city leaders make even more informed decisions.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and a Call to Action
  • Chapter 2: The Maker

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Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

September 14, 2016

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Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
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2016

Driverless is an informative and entertaining exploration of self-driving cars. After decades of failed experiments, recent and rapid advances in artificial intelligence, data, and sensors — combined with Google’s tenacious, high-profile experiments — are transforming cars and trucks into mobile transportation robots. The good news is that driverless cars will save millions of lives lost to traffic accidents, ease air pollution, and make parking lots obsolete.  Long-suffering commuters can finally breathe… read more

Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future

September 14, 2016

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Jamie Metzl
year published |
2016

A few dead bodies are a small price to pay in the quest for immortality.

In 2025 America, it’s hardly news when a renowned octogenarian scientist dying of cancer disappears from a local hospice, but when Kansas City Star reporter Rich Azadian begins to dig, he discovers that other elderly scientists around the world have also vanished recently—all terminally ill and receiving the same experimental treatment from a global… read more

The Age of the Centaurs: A future for humankind on Proxima B

November 2, 2016

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Andre Rousseau
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2016

A million years into the future, Humans are a distant memory kept in the data banks of the Machines they sent to colonize the Proxima Centauri system before they disappeared from Earth, back in the twenty-fifth century.

Yet some of their DNA survives, thanks to the very same technologies that Humans battled with on Earth. These descendants of Humans have reached a stable equilibrium between their peculiar two-level… read more

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

November 18, 2016

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Julian Guthrie
year published |
2016

The historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight

Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world’s first commercial astronaut.

The… read more

Now: The Physics of Time

March 4, 2016

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Richard A. Muller
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2016

A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe’s creation to “now,” by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents.

“Now” is a simple concept―you’re reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of “now” has eluded even the great Einstein. We know that time stretches and is affected by gravity and velocity. Yet, as eminent physicist Richard A. Muller points out, it is only… read more

The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century

October 4, 2016

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Ryan Avent
year published |
2016

None of us has ever lived through a genuine industrial revolution. Until now.

Digital technology is transforming every corner of the economy, fundamentally altering the way things are done, who does them, and what they earn for their efforts. In The Wealth of Humans, Economist editor Ryan Avent brings up-to-the-minute research and reporting to bear on the major economic question of our time: can the modern world manage… read more

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