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Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

March 16, 2015
Author:
Jerry Kaplan
Publisher:
Yale University Press (2015)

After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and… read more

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

March 6, 2015

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Author:
Steven M. Druker
Publisher:
Clear River Press (2015)

This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal… read more

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

March 2, 2015

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Author:
Bruce Schneier
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company (2015)

You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The… read more

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

February 24, 2015

Future Crimes

Author:
Marc Goodman
Publisher:
Doubleday (2015)

From one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to illuminate the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than you ever thought possible.

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways—but there is an ominous flip side. Criminals are often the earliest, and most… read more

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

February 23, 2015

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Author:
John Brockman
Publisher:
Harper Perennial (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

Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World

January 21, 2015

Future Smart

Author:
James Canton
Publisher:
Da Capo Press (2015)

Game-changing trends are coming in business, technology, workforce, economy, security, and environment. Climate change, energy demand, and population growth will redefine global risk and power. Exponential new technologies will emerge in digital money, mobile commerce, and big data. An explosive new middle class of over one billion consumers will enter the marketplace. Every nation, job, business, and person will be transformed. To thrive in this future you have to… read more

How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

February 2, 2015

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Author:
Kevin Ashton
Publisher:
Doubleday (2015)

As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first… read more

Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

February 5, 2015

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Author:
Peter Nowak
Publisher:
Lyons Press (2015)

Our species is entering a new era. Millions of years ago, we created tools to change our environment. Caves became huts, fires became ovens, and clubs became swords. Collectively these tools became technology, and the pace of innovation accelerated. Now we’re applying the latest advancements to our own biology, and technology is becoming part of the process. But is that a good thing? Not if media scare pieces about… read more

The Internet Is Not the Answer

March 30, 2015

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Author:
Andrew Keen
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press (2015)

The Internet, created during the Cold War, has now ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. There are many positive ways in which the Internet has contributed to the world, but as a society we are less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects on our psychology, economy, and culture. In The Internet Is Not the Answer, Andrew Keen, a twenty-year veteran of… read more

The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands

February 23, 2015

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Author:
Eric Topol
Publisher:
Basic Books (2015)

A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You’ll make an appointment months in advance. You’ll probably wait for several hours until you hear “the doctor will see you now”—but only for fifteen minutes! Then you’ll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you’ll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much… read more

After Physics

February 2, 2015

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Author:
David Z Albert
Publisher:
Harvard University Press (2015)

After Physics presents ambitious new essays about some of the deepest questions at the foundations of physics, by the physicist and philosopher David Albert. The book’s title alludes to the close connections between physics and metaphysics, much in evidence throughout these essays. It also alludes to the work of imagining what it would be like for the project of physical science—considered as an investigation into the fundamental laws of… read more

Are the Androids Dreaming Yet?

March 23, 2015

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Author:
James Tagg
Publisher:
Hurst Farm Books (2015)

How Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win world war II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time: are humans simply computers or are we more than that? Many scientists think we have a tenuous hold on the title, “most intelligent being on the planet”. They think it’s just a matter of time before computers become smarter than us, and then what? This book… read more

Ten Years To the Singularity If We Really, Really Try … and other Essays on AGI and its Implications

December 25, 2014

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Author:
Ben Goertzel
Publisher:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014)

Ray Kurzweil has projected the date for a Technological Singularity as 2045. AI researcher Ben Goertzel believes it could potentially happen much sooner, if appropriate attention and resources are focused on the right R&D projects.

What current technologies are most likely to lead to the rapid advent of powerful Artificial General Intelligence systems? What impact will the advent of such technologies have upon human life? What philosophical, scientific and… read more

Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security

January 2, 2015

Carry On

Author:
Bruce Schneier
Publisher:
Wiley (2014)

Up-to-the-minute observations from a world-famous security expert

Bruce Schneier is known worldwide as the foremost authority and commentator on every security issue from cyber-terrorism to airport surveillance. This groundbreaking book features more than 160 commentaries on recent events including the Boston Marathon bombing, the NSA’s ubiquitous surveillance programs, Chinese cyber-attacks, the privacy of cloud computing, and how to hack the Papal election. Timely as an Internet news report and… read more

@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

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