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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

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

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

Technology vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine (Futurescapes)

September 15, 2016

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Gerd Leonhard, Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, April Koury, Jean Francois Cardella
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2016

Futurist Gerd Leonhard breaks new ground again by bringing together mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything down to human biology itself with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness. Before it s too late, we must stop and ask the big questions: How do we embrace technology without becoming it? When it happens gradually, then suddenly the machine era will create the greatest watershed in human life on… read more

AGI Revolution: An Inside View of the Rise of Artificial General Intelligence

August 10, 2016

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Ben Goertzel
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2016

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is the quest for the sci-fi AI dream: AI with mental autonomy, generality, adaptiveness and imagination equal to and ultimately exceeding that of humans. After decades of R&D struggles, the time for AGI is now finally near. Since the early aughts,

Dr. Ben Goertzel has been the leading force advancing the concept of AGI in the research community and the public sphere. Here he… read more

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

August 1, 2016

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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

Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies

April 8, 2016

Innovation And Its Enemies

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Calestous Juma
year published |
2016

The rise of artificial intelligence has rekindled a long-standing debate regarding the impact of technology on employment. This is just one of many areas where exponential advances in technology signal both hope and fear, leading to public controversy. This book shows that many debates over new technologies are framed in the context of risks to moral values, human health, and environmental safety. But it argues that behind these legitimate… read more

Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History

September 2, 2016

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Thomas Rid
year published |
2016

A sweeping history of our deep entanglement with technology.

As lives offline and online merge even more, it’s easy to forget how we got here. Rise of the Machines reclaims the spectacular story of cybernetics, a control theory of man and machine. In a history that unpacks one of the twentieth century’s pivotal ideas, Thomas Rid delivers a thought-provoking portrait of our technology-enraptured era.

Springing from the febrile… read more

Super You: How Technology is Revolutionizing What It Means to Be Human

August 8, 2016

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Andy Walker, Kay Svela Walker, Sean Carruthers
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2016

Rewind Your Biology and Live Like a 20-Year-Old! Edit Your Genes to Live Disease-Free! Find a Parking Space with Your Internet-Connected Brain.
Advances in longevity, genetics, nanotech, and robotics will make all this possible.

This is not science fiction. This is your future. Right now, pioneering scientists and technologists are transforming what it means to be human by overcoming biological limits that have existed since our ancestors swung out… read more

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

June 3, 2016

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Kevin Kelly
year published |
2016

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming… read more

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

February 18, 2016

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Robin Hanson
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2016

Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?

Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or “ems.” Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.

Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army… read more

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

June 30, 2016

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Robin Hanson
year published |
2016

Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?

Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or “ems.” Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.

Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army… read more

Kill Process

June 27, 2016

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William Hertling
year published |
2016

By day, Angie, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world’s largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can’t change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women.

When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users’ fears to drive up its… read more

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism

June 21, 2016

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Arun Sundararajan
year published |
2016

Sharing isn’t new. Giving someone a ride, having a guest in your spare room, running errands for someone, participating in a supper club — these are not revolutionary concepts. What is new, in the “sharing economy,” is that you are not helping a friend for free; you are providing these services to a stranger for money.

In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains… read more

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