• 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
    24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
    ISBN: 9781982143336
    Title: 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
    Author: SHLAIN TIFFANY

    In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul. Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she's done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.” Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back. A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we've created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 30-Second AI & Robotics: 50 Key Notions, Fields, & Events in the Rise of Intelligent Machines
    30-Second AI & Robotics: 50 Key Notions, Fields, & Events in the Rise of Intelligent Machines
    ISBN: 9781782405474
    Title: 30-Second AI & Robotics: 50 Key Notions, Fields, & Events in the Rise of Intelligent Machines
    Author: DE MIRANDA LUIS

    This comprehensive presentation of the core concepts and historical landmarks in robotics and artificial intelligence is a must-read for those who want to understand the important changes happening now in our everyday lives, in the workplace, and in our minds and bodies. What is deep in "deep learning"? Can artificial intelligence really think? What will robots really look like in the near future? Is there a new class divide between those who understand technology and those who fear it? A clear and exhaustive introduction for non-specialists, 30-Second AI & Robotics will help the reader to navigate the world of ubiquitous computers, smart cities, and collaborative robots. At last, an optimistic and friendly book about our human possibilities in the time of automata.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Army of None: Autonomous Weapons & the Future of War
    Army of None: Autonomous Weapons & the Future of War
    ISBN: 9780393356588
    Title: Army of None: Autonomous Weapons & the Future of War
    Author: SCHARRE PAUL

    The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems--from Israel's Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter--and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. "A smart primer to what's to come in warfare" (Bruce Schneier), Army of None engages military history, global policy, and cutting-edge science to explore the implications of giving weapons the freedom to make life and death decisions. A former soldier himself, Scharre argues that we must embrace technology where it can make war more precise and humane, but when the choice is life or death, there is no replacement for the human heart.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Art of Innovation
    Art of Innovation
    ISBN: 9781861975836
    Title: Art of Innovation
    Author: KELLEY THOMAS


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    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
    Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
    ISBN: 9780241404829
    Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
    Author: MITCHELL MELANIE


    No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. The award-winning author Melanie Mitchell, a leading computer scientist, now reveals its turbulent history and the recent surge of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears that surround AI.


    In Artificial Intelligence, Mitchell turns to the most urgent questions concerning AI today: How intelligent--really--are the best AI programs? How do they work? What can they actually do, and when do they fail? How humanlike do we expect them to become, and how soon do we need to worry about them surpassing us? Along the way, she introduces the dominant methods of modern AI and machine learning, describing cutting-edge AI programs, their human inventors, and the historical lines of thought that led to recent achievements. She meets with fellow experts like Douglas Hofstadter, the cognitive scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the modern classic G del, Escher, Bach, who explains why he is "terrified" about the future of AI. She explores the profound disconnect between the hype and the actual achievements in AI, providing a clear sense of what the field has accomplished and how much farther it has to go.


    Interweaving stories about the science and the people behind it, Artificial Intelligence brims with clear-sighted, captivating, and approachable accounts of the most interesting and provocative modern work in AI, flavored with Mitchell's humor and personal observations. This frank, lively book will prove an indispensable guide to understanding today's AI, its quest for "human-level" intelligence, and its impacts on all of our futures.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, & Punish the Poor
    Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, & Punish the Poor
    ISBN: 9781250215789
    Title: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, & Punish the Poor
    Author: EUBANKS VIRGINIA


    WINNER: The 2019 Lillian Smith Book Award, 2018 McGannon Center Book Prize, and shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

    The New York Times Book Review: "Riveting."


    Naomi Klein: "This book is downright scary."

    Ethan Zuckerman, MIT: "Should be required reading."


    Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body "A must-read."


    Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: "The single most important book about technology you will read this year."


    Cory Doctorow: "Indispensable."


    A powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination--and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equity


    The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years--because a new computer system interprets any mistake as "failure to cooperate." In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of tens of thousands of homeless people in order to prioritize them for an inadequate pool of housing resources. In Pittsburgh, a child welfare agency uses a statistical model to try to predict which children might be future victims of abuse or neglect.


    Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health and human services has undergone revolutionary change. Today, automated systems--rather than humans--control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.


    In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.


    The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values.


    This deeply researched and passionate book could not be more timely.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
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  • Autopia: The Future of Cars
    Autopia: The Future of Cars
    ISBN: 9781786496348
    Title: Autopia: The Future of Cars
    Author: BENTLEY JON

    Cars are one of the most significant human creations. They changed our cities. They changed our lives. They changed everything. But in the next thirty years, this technology will itself change enormously. If Google get their way, are we all going to be ferried around in tiny electric bubble-cars? Or will we watch robots race a bionic Lewis Hamilton? And what about the future of classic cars? In Autopia, TV presenter and journalist Jon Bentley celebrates motoring's rich heritage and meets the engineers (and coders) who are transforming cars forever. From mobile hotel rooms to electric battery technology; from hydrogen-powered cars to jetpacks, Autopia is the essential guide to the future of our greatest invention. Fully designed with illustrations and photographs, this will be the perfect book for car and technology enthusiasts everywhere.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Becoming an Ethical Hacker
    Becoming an Ethical Hacker
    ISBN: 9781501167911
    Title: Becoming an Ethical Hacker
    Author: RIVLIN GARY

    An acclaimed investigative journalist explores ethical hacking and presents a reader-friendly, informative guide to everything there is to know about entering the field of cybersecurity.It's impossible to ignore the critical role cybersecurity plays within our society, politics, and the global order. In Becoming an Ethical Hacker, investigative reporter Gary Rivlin offers an easy-to-digest primer on what white hat hacking is, how it began, and where it's going, while providing vivid case studies illustrating how to become one of these "white hats" who specializes in ensuring the security of an organization's information systems. He shows how companies pay these specialists to break into their protected systems and networks to test and assess their security. Readers will learn how these white hats use their skills to improve security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious hackers can detect and exploit them. Weaving practical how-to advice with inspiring case studies, Rivlin provides concrete, practical steps anyone can take to pursue a career in the growing field of cybersecurity.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity
    Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity
    ISBN: 9781541724419
    Title: Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity
    Author: WEBB AMY


    We like to think that we are in control of the future of "artificial" intelligence. The reality, though, is that we--the everyday people whose data powers AI--aren't actually in control of anything. When, for example, we speak with Alexa, we contribute that data to a system we can't see and have no input into--one largely free from regulation or oversight. The big nine corporations--Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM and Apple--are the new gods of AI and are short-changing our futures to reap immediate financial gain.


    In this book, Amy Webb reveals the pervasive, invisible ways in which the foundations of AI--the people working on the system, their motivations, the technology itself--are broken. Within our lifetimes, AI will, by design, begin to behave unpredictably, thinking and acting in ways which defy human logic. The big nine corporations may be inadvertently building and enabling vast arrays of intelligent systems that don't share our motivations, desires, or hopes for the future of humanity.


    Much more than a passionate, human-centered call-to-arms, this book delivers a strategy for changing course, and provides a path for liberating us from algorithmic decision-makers and powerful corporations.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
    Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
    ISBN: 9780190863845
    Title: Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
    Author: MCILWAIN CHARLTON D.

    Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today's digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. As Charlton D. McIlwain shows in this book, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most peopleknow. In fact, it spans nearly five decades and involves a varied group of engineers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, journalists, and activists. But this is a history that is virtually unknown even in our current age of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Black Lives Matter.Beginning with the simultaneous rise of civil rights and computer revolutions in the 1960s, McIlwain, for the first time, chronicles the long relationship between African Americans, computing technology, and the Internet. In turn, he argues that the forgotten figures who worked to make blackpolitics central to the Internet's birth and evolution paved the way for today's explosion of racial justice activism. From the 1960s to present, the book examines how computing technology has been used to neutralize the threat that black people pose to the existing racial order, but also how blackpeople seized these new computing tools to build community, wealth, and wage a war for racial justice.Through archival sources and the voices of many of those who lived and made this history, Black Software centralizes African Americans' role in the Internet's creation and evolution, illuminating both the limits and possibilities for using digital technology to push for racial justice in the UnitedStates and across the globe.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $51.00
    $51.00
  • Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    ISBN: 9780525540175
    Title: Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    Author: CHANG EMILY

    Instant National Bestseller

    "Excellent." --San Francisco Chronicle

    "Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next." --New York Times

    Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman.

    For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties.

    In this powerful expos , Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil Connect the World )--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.

    Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they "won't lower their standards" just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer--who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman--reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women.

    Silicon Valley's aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It's time to break up the boys' club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind
    Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind
    ISBN: 9781471193774
    Title: Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind
    Author: BERGER JONAH

    From the author of& New York Times& bestsellers& Contagious& and& Invisible Influence& comes a revolutionary approach to changing anyone's mind.

    Everyone has something they want to change. Marketers want to change their customers' minds and leaders want to change organisations. Start-ups want to change industries and nonprofits want to change the world. But change is hard. Often, we persuade and pressure and push, but nothing moves. Could there be a better way?

    This book takes a different approach. Successful change agents know it's not about pushing harder, or providing more information, it's about being a catalyst. Catalysts remove roadblocks and reduce the barriers to change. Instead of asking, "How could I change someone's mind?" they ask a different question: "Why haven't they changed already? What's stopping them?"

    The Catalyst& identifies the key barriers to change and how to mitigate them. You'll learn how catalysts change minds in the toughest of situations: how hostage negotiators get people to come out with their hands up and how marketers get new products to catch on, how leaders transform organisational culture and how activists ignite social movements, how substance abuse counselors get addicts to realise they have a problem and how political campaigners change deeply rooted political beliefs.

    This book is designed for anyone who wants to catalyse change. It provides a powerful way of thinking and a range of techniques that can lead to extraordinary results. Whether you're trying to change one person, transform an organisation, or shift the way an entire industry does business, this book will teach you how to become a catalyst.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Cell Tower
    Cell Tower
    ISBN: 9781501348815
    Title: Cell Tower
    Author: JONES STEVEN E.


    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.


    Cropping up everywhere, whether steel latticework or tapered monopoles, encrusted with fiberglass antennas, cell towers raise up high into the air the communications equipment that channels our calls, texts, and downloads. For security reasons, their locations are never advertised. But it's our romantic notions of connectivity that hide them in plain sight. We want the network to be invisible, ethereal, and ubiquitous. The cell tower stands as a challenge to these desires.


    Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
    Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
    ISBN: 9780765382597
    Title: Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
    Author: BRIN DAVID (ED)


    David Brin, Hugo award-winning author ofThe Uplift War, presentsChasing Shadows, a collection of short stories and essays by other science fiction luminaries. As we debate Internet privacy, revenge porn, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, cameras get smaller, faster, and more numerous. Has Orwell's Big Brother finally come to pass? Or have we become a global society of thousands of Little Brothers--watching, judging, and reporting on one another?


    Partnering with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and inspired by Brin's nonfiction bookThe Transparent Society, noted author and futurist David Brin and scholar Stephen Potts have compiled essays and short stories from writers such as Robert J. Sawyer, James Morrow, William Gibson, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, and many others to examine the benefits and pitfalls of technologic transparency in all its permutations.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Creativity Code: Art & Innovation in the Age of AI
    Creativity Code: Art & Innovation in the Age of AI
    ISBN: 9780008288198
    Title: Creativity Code: Art & Innovation in the Age of AI
    Author: DU SAUTOY MARCUS


    Will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel, or paint a masterpiece? And if so, would we be able to tell the difference?


    As humans, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be alive.


    Yet in many other areas, new developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative? Will they soon be able to learn from the art that moves us, and understand what distinguishes it from the mundane?


    In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music.


    Marcus finds out how long it might be before machines come up with something creative, and whether they might jolt us into being more imaginative in turn. The result is a fascinating and very different exploration into both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint & Think
    Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint & Think
    ISBN: 9780008296346
    Title: Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint & Think
    Author: DU SAUTOY MARCUS

    As a species, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be human. The novels of Henry James can communicate the inner world of one human being to another. The music of Wagner or Schubert takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride as we give ourselves up to their sublime sounds.
    These are the expressions of what Marcus du Sautoy calls 'the creativity code'. Yet some believe that the new developments in AI and machine learning are so sophisticated that they can learn what it means to be human - that they can crack the code.

    - Technology has always allowed us to extend our understanding of being human. But will the new tools of AI allow to us to create in different ways?

    - Could recent developments in AI and machine learning also mean that it is no longer just human beings who can create art?

    - And creativity, like consciousness, is one of those words that is hard to pin down: what is it that we are challenging these machines to do?

    In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines what these new developments might mean, for both the creative arts and his own subject, mathematics. From the Turing test to AlphaGo, are there limits to what algorithms can achieve, or might they be able to perfectly mimic human creativity? And what's more, could they help Marcus to see more deeply into the complex mathematical problems with which he so often wrestles?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Cyber Sufis: Virtual Expressions of the American Muslim Experience
    Cyber Sufis: Virtual Expressions of the American Muslim Experience
    ISBN: 9781780747583
    Title: Cyber Sufis: Virtual Expressions of the American Muslim Experience
    Author: ROZEHNAL ROBERT

    In America today, online spaces serve as critical alternatives for tech-savvy Muslims seeking a place to root their faith, forge religious identity, and build communities. With a particular focus on the Inayati Order, a branch of the oldest Sufi community in the West, Robert Rozehnal explores the online revolution in internal communication, spiritual pedagogy, and public outreach - and looks ahead to the future of digital Islam in the age of Web 3.0.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology
    Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology
    ISBN: 9780241453575
    Title: Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology
    Author: NEWPORT CAL


    What a timely and useful book! It's neither hysterical nor complacent - a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It's already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way - Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

    Cut down on screen time and get your technology use in check


    The urge to pick up our phones every few minutes has become a nervous twitch that shatters our time into shards too small to be present. Our addiction to tech leaves us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. But it doesn't have to be that way.


    In this timely book, professor Cal Newport shows us how to pair back digital distractions and live better with less technology.


    Introducing us to digital minimalists -- the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones or obsessively document everything they eat -- Newport reveals how to live more intentionally in our tech-saturated world.


    By following a thirty-day 'digital declutter' process, you'll learn to:


    · Rethink your relationship with social media
    · Prioritize 'high bandwidth' conversations over low quality text chains
    · Rediscover the pleasures of the offline world


    Take back control from your devices and become a digital minimalist.


    ----------------


    'Digital Minimalism is the Marie Kondo of mobile phones' Evening Standard

    'An eloquent, powerful and enjoyably practical guide to cutting back on screen time' The Times


    'An urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life' Ryan Holiday

    'Cal's call for meaningful and engaged interactions is just what the world needs right now' Daniel Levitin, author of The Organised Mind



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Fourth Age
    Fourth Age
    ISBN: 9781501191626
    Title: Fourth Age
    Author: REESE BYRON

    As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species. In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: - 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language. - 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare. - 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state. We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and how--rather than what--we should think about the topics we'll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity. By asking questions like "Are you a machine?" and "Could a computer feel anything?", Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they'll transform humanity.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Concious Computers, & the Future of Humanity
    Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Concious Computers, & the Future of Humanity
    ISBN: 9781501158575
    Title: Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Concious Computers, & the Future of Humanity
    Author: REESE BYRON

    As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species. "If you only read just one book about the AI revolution, make it this one" (John Mackey, cofounder and CEO, Whole Foods Market).

    In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language; 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare; 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state.

    We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. "Timely, highly informative, and certainly optimistic" (Booklist), The Fourth Age provides an essential background on how we got to this point, and how--rather than what--we should think about the topics we'll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, changes in employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity.

    By asking questions like "Are you a machine?" and "Could a computer feel anything?", Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age and how they'll transform humanity

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Fully Automated Luxury Communism
    Fully Automated Luxury Communism
    ISBN: 9781788732468
    Title: Fully Automated Luxury Communism
    Author: BASTANI AARON

    The first decade of the twenty-first century marked the demise of the current world order. Despite widespread acknowledgement of these disruptive crises, the proposed response from the mainstream remains the same. Against the confines of this increasingly limited politics, a new paradigm has emerged. Fully Automated Luxury Communism claims that new technologies will liberate us from work, providing the opportunity to build a society beyond both capitalism and scarcity. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness. For everyone.
    In his first book, radical political commentator Aaron Bastani conjures a new politics- a vision of a world of unimaginable hope, highlighting how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of nine billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology and build meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society heralds the beginning of history.
    Fully Automated Luxury Communism promises a radically new left future for everyone.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Future is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies are Transforming Business, Industries & Our Lives
    Future is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies are Transforming Business, Industries & Our Lives
    ISBN: 9781982143213
    Title: Future is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies are Transforming Business, Industries & Our Lives
    Author: DIAMANDIS PETER H & KOTLER STEVEN

    From the& New York Times& bestselling authors of& Abundance& and& Bold& comes a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era.
    In their book& Abundance, bestselling authors and futurists Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler tackled grand global challenges, such as poverty, hunger, and energy. Then, in& Bold, they chronicled the use of exponential technologies that allowed the emergence of powerful new entrepreneurs. Now the bestselling authors are back with& The Future Is Faster Than You Think,& a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption.

    Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more upheaval and create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. In this gripping and insightful roadmap to our near future, Diamandis and Kotler investigate how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today's legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet?

    Diamandis, a space-entrepreneur-turned-innovation-pioneer, and Kotler, bestselling author and peak performance expert, probe the science of technological convergence and how it will reinvent every part of our lives--transportation, retail, advertising, education, health, entertainment, food, and finance--taking humanity into uncharted territories and reimagining the world as we know it.

    As indispensable as it is gripping,& The Future Is Faster Than You Think& provides a prescient look at our impending future.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics & the Future of Work
    Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics & the Future of Work
    ISBN: 9781474609029
    Title: Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics & the Future of Work
    Author: BALDWIN RICHARD


    Automation, AI and robotics are changing our lives quickly - but digital disruption goes much further than we realise. In The Globotics Upheaval, Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalisation experts, explains that exponential growth in computing, transmission and storage capacities is also creating a new form of 'virtual' globalisation that could undermine the foundations of middle-class prosperity in the West.


    When technology enables talented people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, the hundreds of millions of people who have hitherto been protected by their skills will no longer be quite so secure. What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic economic and cultural shift?


    Looking back at previous industrial revolutions, and using modern technological developments as a lens through which to view the future, Richard Baldwin will examine these issues and more, issues which, sooner or later, will be important to each and every one of us.



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  • Hello World: How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine
    Hello World: How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine
    ISBN: 9781784163068
    Title: Hello World: How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine
    Author: FRY HANNAH

    'One of the best books yet written on data and algorithms. . .deserves a place on the bestseller charts.' (The Times)

    You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determined your fate - a human or an algorithm?
    An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgement. Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence.
    Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions - in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go even who we send to prison. So how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want?

    Hannah Fry takes us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. In Hello World she lifts the lid on their inner workings, demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations, and examines whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing.

    A BBC RADIO 4- BOOK OF THE WEEK
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE AND 2018 ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE





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  • How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines
    How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines
    ISBN: 9780316445436
    Title: How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines
    Author: GRAY THEODORE


    Million-copy bestselling author of The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions Theodore Gray applies his trademark mix of engaging stories, real-time experiments, and stunning photography to the inner workings of machines, big and small, revealing the extraordinary science, beauty, and rich history of everyday things.


    Theodore Gray has become a household name among fans, both young and old, of popular science and mechanics. He's an incorrigible tinkerer with a constant curiosity for how things work. Gray's readers love how he always brings the perfect combination of know-how, humour and daring-do to every project or demonstration, be it scientific or mechanical.


    In How Things Work he explores the mechanical underpinnings of dozens of types of machines and mechanisms, from the cotton gin to the wristwatch to an industrial loom. Filled with stunning original photographs in Gray's inimitable style, How Things Work is a must-have exploration of stuff - large and small - for any builder, maker or lover of mechanical things.



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    Price: $50.00
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  • Innovation Ultimatum: Six Strategic Technologies That Will Reshape Every Business in The 2020s
    Innovation Ultimatum: Six Strategic Technologies That Will Reshape Every Business in The 2020s
    ISBN: 9781119615422
    Title: Innovation Ultimatum: Six Strategic Technologies That Will Reshape Every Business in The 2020s
    Author: BROWN STEVE


    Prepares leaders for the 2020s--an accessible guide to the key technologies that will reshape business in the coming decade


    Most businesses identify six key digital technologies--artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledgers and blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous machines, virtual and augmented reality, and 5G communication--as critical to their relevance and growth over the coming ten years. These new disruptive technologies present significant opportunity for businesses in every industry. The first businesses to understand automation and these transformative technologies will be the ones to reap the greatest rewards in the marketplace. The Innovation Ultimatum helps leaders understand the key technologies poised to reshape business in the next decade and prepare their organizations for technology-enabled change.


    Using straightforward, jargon-free language, this important resource provides a set of strategic questions every leader will need to ask and answer in order to prepare for the impending changes to the business landscape. Author Steve Brown shares his insights to help leaders take full advantage of the next wave of digital transformation and describes compelling examples of how businesses are already embracing new technologies to optimize operations, create new value, and serve customers in new ways. Written for anyone that wants to understand how automation and new technology will fundamentally restructure business, this book enables readers to:

    • Understand the implications of technology-driven change across industrial sectors
    • Apply important insights to their own business
    • Gain competitive advantage by implementing new technologies
    • Prepare for the future of work and understand the skills needed to thrive in a post-automation economy
    • Adopt critical digital technologies in any organization

    Providing invaluable cutting-edge content, The Innovation Ultimatum is a much-needed source of guidance and inspiration for business leaders, board members, C-suite executives, and senior managers who need to prepare their businesses for the future.



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  • Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked An Electric Revolution To End The Age Of Oil
    Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked An Electric Revolution To End The Age Of Oil
    ISBN: 9780571327676
    Title: Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked An Electric Revolution To End The Age Of Oil
    Author: MCKENZIE HAMISH


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  • Is Technology Making Us Sick? A Primer for the 21st Century
    Is Technology Making Us Sick? A Primer for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9780500295311
    Title: Is Technology Making Us Sick? A Primer for the 21st Century
    Author: DOUGLAS IAN


    Modern technology has undoubtedly enhanced our lives in numerous, powerful ways--we can now communicate in real time with friends and colleagues around the world, and do mundane tasks such as shopping or banking at a touch. But has there been a detrimental effect on our health and happiness? Is Technology Making Us Sick? assesses the impact of our increased screen time and everyday interactions with modern technology, the ways we relate to others, and on our mental and physical health.


    In Is Technology Making Us Sick?, expert Ian Douglas traces the development of human interaction with technology over the last thirty years. His in-depth analysis dissects the key issues, including the consequences of social media and gaming on self-esteem, brain development, anxiety levels, loneliness, depression, and personal relationships; and the impact on our stress levels of always being plugged into the internet. Ultimately, Is Technology Making Us Sick? offers strategies to combat habit-forming products and presents ways to take advantage of revolutionary technology without falling victim to its negative impacts.



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    Price: $30.00
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  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    ISBN: 9780141981802
    Title: Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    Author: TEGMARK MAX

    In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology--and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

    How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today's kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

    What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn't shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues--from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

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  • LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
    LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
    ISBN: 9780358108474
    Title: LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
    Author: SINGER P W; BROOKING EMERSON T

    Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense expert P.W. Singer and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Emerson Brooking. Social media are transforming war, crime, and diplomacy. Terrorists can broadcast attacks, "Twitter wars" produce real-world casualties, and enemy movements can be tracked on social platforms. War, tech, and politics have blurred into a new battle space that's as close as our own phones. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online. In this world, ISIS copies the Twitter tactics of Taylor Swift, an accountant in Georgia foils terrorists thousands of miles away, and OSINT (open source intelligence) outpaces other forms of espionage. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts? Delving ever deeper into the darkest corners of the web, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world.

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    Price: $37.00
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  • Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley
    Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley
    ISBN: 9781925713725
    Title: Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley
    Author: PEIN COREY

    At the height of the startup boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal- to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has. Determined to cut through the clichUs of big tech - the relentless optimism, the incessant repetition of vacuous buzzwords - Pein decided that he would need to take an approach as unorthodox as the companies he would soon be covering. To truly understand the delirious reality of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he knew, he would have to inhabit that perspective - he would have to become an entrepreneur. Thus he begins his journey - skulking through gimmicky tech conferences, pitching his over-the-top business ideas to investors, and interviewing a cast of outrageous characters- cyborgs and con artists, Teamsters and transhumanists, jittery hackers and naive upstart programmers whose entire lives are managed by their employers - who work endlessly and obediently, never thinking to question their place in the system.

    In showing us this frantic world, Pein challenges the positive self-image that the tech tycoons have crafted - as benevolent creators of wealth and opportunity - to reveal their self-justifying views and their insidious visions for the future. Vivid and incisive,Live Work Work Work Dieis a troubling portrait of a self-obsessed industry bent on imposing its disturbing visions on the rest of us.

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  • Lost in a Good Game: Why We Play Video Games & What They Can Do for Us
    Lost in a Good Game: Why We Play Video Games & What They Can Do for Us
    ISBN: 9781785786143
    Title: Lost in a Good Game: Why We Play Video Games & What They Can Do for Us
    Author: ETCHELLS PETE


    'Etchells writes eloquently ... A heartfelt defence of a demonised pastime' The Times


    'Once in an age, a piece of culture comes along that feels like it was specifically created for you, the beats and words and ideas are there because it is your life the creator is describing. Lost In A Good Game is exactly that. It will touch your heart and mind. And even if Bowser, Chun-li or Q-Bert weren't crucial parts of your youth, this is a flawless victory for everyone' Adam Rutherford


    When Pete Etchells was 14, his father died from motor neurone disease. In order to cope, he immersed himself in a virtual world - first as an escape, but later to try to understand what had happened. Etchells is now a researcher into the psychological effects of video games, and was co-author on a recent paper explaining why WHO plans to classify 'game addiction' as a danger to public health are based on bad science and (he thinks) are a bad idea.


    In this, his first book, he journeys through the history and development of video games - from Turing's chess machine to mass multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft- via scientific study, to investigate the highs and lows of playing and get to the bottom of our relationship with games - why we do it, and what they really mean to us.


    At the same time, Lost in a Good Game is a very unusual memoir of a writer coming to terms with his grief via virtual worlds, as he tries to work out what area of popular culture we should classify games (a relatively new technology) under.



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  • Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
    Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
    ISBN: 9780141979243
    Title: Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
    Author: DOMINGOS PEDRO


    Algorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. More and more, these algorithms work by learning from the trails of data we leave in our newly digital world. Like curious children, they observe us, imitate, and experiment. And in the world s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.
    Machine learning is the automation of discoverythe scientific method on steroidsthat enables intelligent robots and computers to program themselves. No field of science today is more important yet more shrouded in mystery. Pedro Domingos, one of the field s leading lights, lifts the veil for the first time to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He charts a course through machine learning s five major schools of thought, showing how they turn ideas from neuroscience, evolution, psychology, physics, and statistics into algorithms ready to serve you. Step by step, he assembles a blueprint for the future universal learnerthe Master Algorithmand discusses what it means for you, and for the future of business, science, and society.
    If data-ism is today s rising philosophy, this book will be its bible. The quest for universal learning is one of the most significant, fascinating, and revolutionary intellectual developments of all time. A groundbreaking book, The Master Algorithm is the essential guide for anyone and everyone wanting to understand not just how the revolution will happen, but how to be at its forefront.
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  • Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
    Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
    ISBN: 9780141035826
    Title: Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
    Author: MCLUHAN MARSHALL

    Marshall McLuhan is the man who predicted the all-pervasive rise of the modern mass media.  Blending text, image and photography, his 1960s classic The Medium is the Massage illustrates how the growth of technology utterly reshapes society, personal lives and sensory perceptions, so that we are effectively shaped by the means we use to communicate.  This concept, and his ideas such as rolling, up-to-the-minute news broadcasts and the media 'global village' have proved decades ahead of their time.

    Well known for coining the term 'Global Village', Marshall McLuhan's thinking was, and still is, revolutionary. His theories, many of which are illustrated in this astonishing 'inventory of effects', force us to question how modes of communication have shaped society. This is an astonishing work by a truly astonishing man. "The Penguin on Design" series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. This is one of four books in that series.

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  • Megatech: Technology In 2050
    Megatech: Technology In 2050
    ISBN: 9781781259726
    Title: Megatech: Technology In 2050
    Author: FRANKLIN DANIEL (EDITOR)

    Technology moves fast - so where will it have taken us by 2050? How will it affect the way we live? And how far are we willing to let it go? In Megatech, distinguished scientists, industry leaders, star academics and acclaimed science-fiction writers join journalists from The Economist to explore answers to these questions and more.Twenty experts in the field, including Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, Silicon Valley venture-capitalist Ann Winblad, philanthropist Melinda Gates and science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds identify the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future. Join them to explore a brave new world of brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets. The writers predict the vast changes that technology will bring to everything from food production to health care, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance. They also consider the impact on jobs, and how we can prepare for the opportunities, as well as the dangers, that await. Thought-provoking, engaging and full of insight from the forefront of tech innovation, Megatech is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand tomorrow's world.

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  • Mixed Feelings: Exploring Modern Life & the Internet, One Discussion at a Time
    Mixed Feelings: Exploring Modern Life & the Internet, One Discussion at a Time
    ISBN: 9781787133983
    Title: Mixed Feelings: Exploring Modern Life & the Internet, One Discussion at a Time
    Author: SHIMADA NAOMI, RAPHAEL SARAH

    The internet has changed us all, creating a new layer of perfectionist pressure in every aspect of our lives, but equally enabling us to share resources, opinions, help and information more quickly than ever before. Are we supposed to love it, or leave it? Is it ever possible to do both?

    Like all of their generation, Naomi Shimada and Sarah Raphael have grown up on the internet, and now work closely with it every day. Sarah's work as a journalist brings her into contact with the outer reaches of the internet as well as its inner workings; graph upon graph revealing to her what people most want to read today (hint: its usually a story about a relationship car crash). In her work as a model and positivity advocate, Naomi talks to people all over the world through her sunny, colourful Instagram account; people who rely on her cheerfulness to help them. In Mixed Feelings, they explore what the internet might be doing to our minds, bodies and hearts, through wide-ranging essays and discussions featuring a range of perspectives and voices.

    A bible for those who refuse to fit into any box, this is a celebration of difference and a challenge to the status quo - a bulwark against the onslaught of images of perfectionism and aspiration we are bombarded with on a daily basis.

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    Price: $40.00
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  • New Dark Age: Technology &  the End of the Future
    New Dark Age: Technology & the End of the Future
    ISBN: 9781786635488
    Title: New Dark Age: Technology & the End of the Future
    Author: BRIDLE JAMES


    "New Dark Age is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I've read about the Internet, which is to say that it is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I've read about contemporary life." - New Yorker

    As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world.

    In reality, we are lost in a sea of information, increasingly divided by fundamentalism, simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual politics. Meanwhile, those in power use our lack of understanding to further their own interests. Despite the apparent accessibility of information, we're living in a new Dark Age.

    From rogue financial systems to shopping algorithms, from artificial intelligence to state secrecy, we no longer understand how our world is governed or presented to us. The media is filled with unverifiable speculation, much of it generated by anonymous software, while companies dominate their employees through surveillance and the threat of automation.

    In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.



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  • Novacene: The Next Phase of Gaia: The Machines Take Over
    Novacene: The Next Phase of Gaia: The Machines Take Over
    ISBN: 9780241399361
    Title: Novacene: The Next Phase of Gaia: The Machines Take Over
    Author: LOVELOCK JAMES

    James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun.

    New beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants - as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures. But this will not be the cruel, violent machine takeover of the planet imagined by sci-fi writers and film-makers. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. They will need the planetary cooling system of Gaia to defend us from the increasing heat of the sun as much as we do. And Gaia depends on organic life. We will be partners in this project.

    It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and prospers. He does not think there are intelligent aliens, so we are the only beings capable of understanding the cosmos. Maybe, he speculates, the novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos. At the age 100, James Lovelock has produced the most important and compelling work of his life.

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    Price: $37.00
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  • Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, & Fear in the Cyber Age
    Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, & Fear in the Cyber Age
    ISBN: 9781925713626
    Title: Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, & Fear in the Cyber Age
    Author: SANGER DAVID E.

    Cheap to acquire, easily deniable, and used for a variety of malicious purposes - from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt - cyberweapons are re-writing the rules of warfare. In less than a decade, they have displaced terrorism and nuclear missiles as the biggest immediate threat to international security and to democracy.

    Here, New York Timescorrespondent David E. Sanger takes us from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers and the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, piecing together a remarkable picture of a world now coming face-to-face with the most sophisticated - and arguably most dangerous - weapon ever invented.

    The Perfect Weaponis the dramatic story of a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Pinpoint: How Gps Is Changing Our World
    Pinpoint: How Gps Is Changing Our World
    ISBN: 9781847087089
    Title: Pinpoint: How Gps Is Changing Our World
    Author: MILNER GREG

    A big-think book which tells the riveting story of GPS (Global Positioning System) and how it is affecting our brains, our technology, and our culture, in the tradition of James Gleick and Nicholas Carr.
    Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary global utility which is omnipresent, universal, and available to all. Neither the internet nor the cloud would work without the Global Positioning System (GPS), a network of 30 satellites and their monitoring stations on Earth, which makes everything from the smartphone in your pocket to precision planting of crops, to the Mars rover possible.

    Pinpoint tells the remarkable story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system and its classified status to its present ubiquity and one of the most important technologies in the world. It examines the different ways that humans understand physical space, from ancient Polynesian navigation, to Western navigational methods to the new frontiers revealed by GPS. A strange and unexpected legacy of satellite technology is its double-edged effect on our culture: while GPS has brought us breathtakingly accurate methods of timekeeping, navigation, and earthquake tracking, our overwhelming reliance on it is affecting our cognitive maps, leading to the increasingly common phenomenon 'Death by GPS', in which drivers blindly follow their devices into deserts, lakes, and impassable mountains.

    Deeply researched, inventive and with fascinating insights into the way we think about our place in the world, Pinpoint reveals the way the technologies we design to help us can end up shaping our lives. It is at once a grand history of science and a far-reaching book about contemporary culture.

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