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The Delirium Brief: A Laundry Files Novel

July 19, 2017

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Charles Stross
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2017

“Smart, literate, funny.” ―Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series.

Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat… read more

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

July 10, 2017

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Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson
year published |
2017

From the authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age, a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy.

We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs.

MIT’s Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it… read more

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

July 4, 2017

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Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
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2017

Doudna, professor of biology at UC-Berkeley, and Sternberg, her former graduate student and current collaborator, explain the basics of the potentially revolutionary CRISPR technology, the events leading up to Doudna’s discovery of that technology, and the ethical dilemmas posed by the newfound ability to alter any living being’s genetic composition. The authors describe the biological mechanisms in a way that nonspecialists can appreciate, though the simplistic diagrams scattered throughout… read more

Disruptive Technologies: Understand, Evaluate, Respond

March 27, 2017

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Paul Armstrong
year published |
2017

book summary from publisher:

Disruptive Technologies outlines the steps businesses can take to engage with emerging technologies today in order to serve the consumer of tomorrow. This book offers the knowledge and tools to engage confidently with emerging technologies for better business.

This highly practical book offers organizations a distinct response to emerging technologies including Blockchain (Bitcoin), artificial intelligence, graphene and nanotechnology… read more

Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes

July 24, 2017

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Richard A. Clarke, R.P. Eddy
year published |
2017

Warnings is the story of the future of national security, threatening technologies, the U.S. economy, and possibly the fate of civilization.

In Greek mythology Cassandra foresaw calamities, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. Modern-day Cassandras clearly predicted the disasters of Katrina, Fukushima, the Great Recession, the rise of ISIS, and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning… read more

Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy

May 15, 2017

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Dr. Joseph Mercola
year published |
2017

For over a century, we’ve accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if cancer isn’t a genetic disease after all? What if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm, and cancer isn’t a disease of damaged DNA but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth could revolutionize our understanding of other… read more

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

May 15, 2017

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Geoffrey West
year published |
2017

West, a theoretical physicist and former president of the Santa Fe Institute, argues in this dense yet accessible work that there are simple laws that underlie all complex systems, whether organic entities or human constructs. Animals, plants, economies, cultures, cities, and companies are united by the fact that they come into existence, grow, mature, and decline. West’s central conceit in studying these phenomena is scaling: how a system changes… read more

The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later

March 3, 2017

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Ric Edelman
year published |
2017

New York Times bestselling author and legendary investment guru Ric Edelman reveals his forward-thinking guide on how technology and science will reshape the way we save, invest, and plan for the future.

Technology and science are evolving at a blistering, almost incomprehensible pace.

The Human Genome Project took eleven years and $2.7 billion dollars to complete. Today, it would take two days to finish, and cost less than… read more

The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human

March 17, 2017

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Adam Piore
year published |
2017

In this accessible work on bioengineering, former Newsweek editor Piore documents where humans stand in our attempt to borrow—and build on—nature’s “sublime” healing solutions, which have been “refined by evolution over billions of years.” Piore’s aim is not to offer a clinical tome on scientific progress, but to reveal the “human spirit” that undergirds the search for ways to heal an array of debilitating physical and mental injuries and impairments. He… read more

Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

February 8, 2017

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Richard Yonck
year published |
2017

Imagine a robotic stuffed animal that can read and respond to a child’s emotional state, a commercial that can recognize and change based on a customer’s facial expression, or a company that can actually create feelings as though a person were experiencing them naturally. Heart of the Machine explores the next giant step in the relationship between humans and technology: the ability of computers to recognize, respond to, and… read more

Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence and Where It’s Taking Us Next

March 17, 2017

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Luke Dormehl
year published |
2017

A fascinating look at Artificial Intelligence, from its humble Cold War beginnings to the dazzling future that is just around the corner.

When most of us think about Artificial Intelligence, our minds go straight to cyborgs, robots, and sci-fi thrillers where machines take over the world. But the truth is that Artificial Intelligence is already among us. It exists in our smartphones, fitness trackers, and refrigerators that tell us… read more

The Blockchain Alternative: rethinking macroeconomic policy & economic theory

March 29, 2017

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Kariappa Bheemaiah
year published |
2017

Examine what would happen if we were to deploy blockchain technology at the sovereign level and use it to create a decentralized cashless economy. This book explains how finance and economics work today, and how the convergence of various technologies related to the financial sector can help us find solutions to problems, such as excessive debt creation, banks getting too big to fail, and shadow banking.

The Blockchain Alternative offers sensible corrections… read more

The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids–and the Kids We Have

March 22, 2017

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Bonnie Rochman
year published |
2017

book summary from publisher:

Journalist Rochman takes a calm, thorough look at core bio-ethical questions surrounding an array of reproductive health issues as well as the ethical spaces where what can be done and what should be done come into conflict. She clearly and accessibly describes cutting-edge technologies for the general reader without succumbing to faddish, uncritical enthusiasm.

Rochman solicits the perspectives of doctors, researchers, legal… read more

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

March 17, 2017

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Mark O'Connell
year published |
2017

Transhumanism, defined here as “a liberation movement advocating nothing less than a total emancipation from biology itself,” is scrutinized in this compact, provocative exploration of the techniques and technologies currently being advanced to extend human intelligence and life spans.

Slate columnist and debut author O’Connell takes an open-minded but skeptical approach to his subject as he leads the reader on a tour of modern facilities devoted to enhancing the… read more

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

July 8, 2016

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Yuval Noah Harari
year published |
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

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