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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

Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies

April 8, 2016

Innovation And Its Enemies

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Calestous Juma
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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

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 Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

January 25, 2016

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Sean Carroll
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2016

*A Publishers Weekly Top 10 New Science Release of 2016*

Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but… read more

The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster

January 3, 2016

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Robert Colvile
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2016

Instant messaging. Superfast broadband. High-frequency trading. The world is, undeniably, accelerating. Great acceleration of change is evident in all spheres of modern life.

In this revelatory study, Robert Colvile examines how and why this is happening, why it’s unlikely we’ll be able to slow down – and why this may be no bad thing. It’s a book peppered with slogans from this new world’s heavy hitters: Ried Hoffman, the… read more

The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

April 18, 2016

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Steve Case
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2016

One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology.

Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL) in 1985. At the time, only three percent of Americans were online. It took a decade for AOL to… read more

Insistence of Vision

February 12, 2016

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David Brin
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2016

What may we become? How will we endure? The future is a daunting realm, filled with real and imagined perils. So enter it prepared! Here are vivid tales about possible tomorrows, from the keen eye and colorful pen of David Brin, a modern master of speculative fiction. Visit a chillingly plausible tomorrow, when prisoners may be sent to asteroidal gulags. Or might prisons vanish and felons roam, seeing only… read more

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

March 18, 2016

Science Fiction and Philosophy

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Susan Schneider
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2016

Featuring numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition,  presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues.

Uses science fiction to address a series of classic and contemporary philosophical issues, including many raised by recent scientific developments.

Explores questions relating to transhumanism, brain enhancement, time travel, the nature of the self, and… read more

Quantum Night

February 24, 2016

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Robert J. Sawyer
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2016

With such compelling and provocative novels as Red Planet Blues, FlashForward and The WWW Trilogy, Robert J. Sawyer has proven himself to be “a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation” (New York Times). Now, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author explores the thin line between good and evil that every human being is capable of crossing…

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for… read more

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

February 23, 2016

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Michael V. Hayden
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2016

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting… read more

The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness

March 22, 2016

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David Gelernter
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2016

A “rock star” (New York Times) of the computing world provides a radical new work on the meaning of human consciousness.

The holy grail of psychologists and scientists for nearly a century has been to understand and replicate both human thought and the human mind. In fact, it’s what attracted the now-legendary computer scientist and AI authority David Gelernter to the discipline in the first place. As a student and… read more

The Industries of the Future

January 25, 2016

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Alec Ross
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2016

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them.

While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to forty-one countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R&D labs in… read more

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

January 25, 2016
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Prof Klaus Schwab
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2016

Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Artificially-intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed.

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has been at the centre of global affairs for over four decades. He is convinced that the period of change we are living through is more significant, and the… read more

The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health

January 6, 2016

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David B. Agus M.D.
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2016

Bestselling author David Agus unveils the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness.

In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme… read more

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

April 25, 2016

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Richard Susskind, Daniel Susskind
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2016

This book predicts the decline of today’s professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.

The Future of the Professions explains how ‘increasingly capable systems’ — from telepresence… read more

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