• AI First Company: How to Compete & Win with Artificial Intelligence
    AI First Company: How to Compete & Win with Artificial Intelligence
    ISBN: 9780593423080
    Title: AI First Company: How to Compete & Win with Artificial Intelligence
    Author: FONTANA ASH

    Artificial Intelligence is transforming every industry, but if you want to win with AI, you have to put it first on your priority list.

    AI-First companies are the only trillion-dollar companies, and soon they will dominate even more industries, more definitively than ever before. These companies succeed by design--they collect valuable data from day one and use it to train predictive models that automate core functions. As a result, they learn faster and outpace the competition in the process. Thankfully, you don't need a Ph.D. to learn how to win with AI.

    In The AI-First Company, internationally-renowned startup investor Ash Fontana offers an executable guide for applying AI to business problems. It's a playbook made for real companies, with real budgets, that need strategies and tactics to effectively implement AI. Whether you're a new online retailer or a Fortune 500 company, Fontana will teach you how to-

    Identify the most valuable data;Build the teams that build AI;Integrate AI with existing processes and keep it in check;Measure and communicate its effectiveness;Reinvest the profits from automation to compound competitive advantage.
    If the last fifty years were about getting AI to work in the lab, the next fifty years will be about getting AI to work for people, businesses, and society. It's not about building the right software -- it's about building the right AI. The AI-First Company is your guide to winning with artificial intelligence.

    Format: Trade paperback
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  • 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
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  • Art of Innovation
    Art of Innovation
    ISBN: 9781861975836
    Title: Art of Innovation
    Author: KELLEY THOMAS


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  • Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
    Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
    ISBN: 9780241404836
    Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
    Author: MITCHELL MELANIE


    Melanie Mitchell separates science fact from science fiction in this sweeping examination of the current state of AI and how it is remaking our world

    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 AI's turbulent history and the recent spate of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears surrounding it.

    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 models of modern AI and machine learning, describing cutting-edge AI programs, their human inventors, and the historical lines of thought underpinning recent achievements. She meets with fellow experts such as 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 further it has to go.

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



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  • Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind
    Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind
    ISBN: 9780691216744
    Title: Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind
    Author: SCHNEIDER SUSAN

    A guide to AI's thorniest implications that asks: How shall we navigate our brave new world?

    We are at a monumental turning point in human history. AI is taking intelligence in new directions. The strongest human competitors in chess, go, and Jeopardy have been beaten by AIs, and AI is getting more sophisticated by the day. Further, AI research is going inside the human brain itself, attempting to augment human minds. It may even create greater-than-human-level intelligence, leading to a new generation of artificial minds--Minds 2.0. Susan Schneider, a philosopher, argues that these undertakings must not be attempted without a richer understanding of the nature of the mind. An insufficient grasp of the underlying philosophical issues could undermine the use of AI and brain enhancement technology, bringing about the demise or suffering of conscious beings. Examining the philosophical questions lying beneath the algorithms, Schneider takes on AI's thorniest implications.



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  • 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.



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  • Automation & the Future of Work
    Automation & the Future of Work
    ISBN: 9781839761294
    Title: Automation & the Future of Work
    Author: BENANAV AARON

    A consensus-shattering account of automation technologies and their effect on workplaces and the labor market

    Silicon Valley titans, politicians, techno-futurists and social critics have united in arguing that we are living on the cusp of an era of rapid technological automation, heralding the end of work as we know it. But does the much-discussed "rise of the robots" really explain the jobs crisis that awaits us on the other side of the coronavirus?

    In Automation and the Future of Work, Aaron Benanav uncovers the structural economic trends that will shape our working lives far into the future. What social movements, he asks, are required to propel us into post-scarcity, if technological innovation alone can't deliver it? In response to calls for a universal basic income that would maintain a growing army of redundant workers, he offers a counter-proposal.

    Format: Hardback
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  • Autopia: The Future of Cars
    Autopia: The Future of Cars
    ISBN: 9781786496355
    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 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? Autopia 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 gift for car and technology enthusiasts everywhere.

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    Price: $25.00
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  • Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    ISBN: 9781509868087
    Title: Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    Author: CARREYROU JOHN

    Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2018"You will not want to put this riveting, masterfully reported book down. No matter how bad you think the Theranos story was, you'll learn that the reality was actually far worse." Bethany McLean, bestselling coauthor of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here A New York Times bestseller to be adapted into a film with Jennifer Lawrence to star. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 'unicorn' promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn't work.For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at the Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos' articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company's value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors.In Bad Blood John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos, and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals. PRAISE FOR BAD BLOOD"A dazzling story of deception in Silicon Valley. . .It is a tale of heroic cupidity on a scale that made the very best and the very brightest look like the very, very foolish . . . You will not be able to put this book down." Washington Post"Chilling . . . Reads like a West Coast version of All the President's Men." New York Times Book Review"Carreyrou presents the scientific, human, legal and social sides of the story in full. Although some of it was previously reported in his extensive coverage, he unveils many dark secrets of Theranos that have not previously been laid bare." Nature"His [Carreyrou's] unmasking of Theranos is a tale of David and Goliath." Financial Times

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  • Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
    Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
    ISBN: 9781509546787
    Title: Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
    Author: THOMPSON JOHN B.


    This book tells the story of the turbulent decades when the book publishing industry collided with the great technological revolution of our time. From the surge of ebooks to the self-publishing explosion and the growing popularity of audiobooks,& Book Wars& provides a comprehensive and fine-grained account of technological disruption in one of our most important and successful creative industries.


    Like other sectors, publishing has been thrown into disarray by the digital revolution. The foundation on which this industry had been based for 500 years - the packaging and sale of words and images in the form of printed books - was called into question by a technological revolution that enabled symbolic content to be stored, manipulated and transmitted quickly and cheaply. Publishers and retailers found themselves facing a proliferation of new players who were offering new products and services and challenging some of their most deeply held principles and beliefs. The old industry was suddenly thrust into the limelight as bitter conflicts erupted between publishers and new entrants, including powerful new tech giants who saw the world in very different ways. The book wars had begun.


    While ebooks were at the heart of many of these conflicts, Thompson argues that the most fundamental consequences lie elsewhere. The print-on-paper book has proven to be a remarkably resilient cultural form, but the digital revolution has transformed the industry in other ways, spawning new players which now wield unprecedented power and giving rise to an array of new publishing forms.& Most important of all, it has transformed the broader information and communication environment, creating new challenges and new opportunities for publishers as they seek to redefine their role in the digital age.


    This unrivalled account of the book publishing industry as it faces its greatest challenge since Gutenberg will be essential reading for anyone interested in books and their future.



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    Price: $72.00
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  • Breaking Things at Work The Luddites Are Right about Why You Hate Your Job
    Breaking Things at Work The Luddites Are Right about Why You Hate Your Job
    ISBN: 9781786636775
    Title: Breaking Things at Work The Luddites Are Right about Why You Hate Your Job
    Author: MUELLER GAVIN

    An exhilarating challenge to the way we think about work, technology, progress, and what we want from the future

    In the 19th century, English textile workers responded to the introduction of new tecnologies on the factory floor by smashing them to bits. For years 'the Luddites' roamed the English countryside, practicing drills and maneuvers that they would later deploy on unassuming machines. The movement has been derided by scholars as a backwards-looking and ultimately ineffectual effort to stem the march of history; for Gavin Mueller, the movement gets at the heart of of the antagonistic relationship between workers - all workers, including us today - and the so-called progressive gains secured by new technologies. The luddites weren't primitive or even anachronistic - they are still a force, however unconsciously, in the workplaces of the 21st century world.

    Breaking Things at Work is an innovative rethinking of labor and machines, leaping from textile mills to algorithms, from existentially threatened knife cutters of rural Germany to surveillance evading truckers driving across the continental United States. Mueller argues that the future stability and empowerment of working class movements will depend on subverting these technologies and preventing their spread wherever possible. The task is high, but the seeds of this resistance are already present in the Neo-Luddite efforts of hackers, pirates, and dark web users who are challenging surveillance and control, often through older systems of communication technology.

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  • Build Your Own Gaming PC
    Build Your Own Gaming PC
    ISBN: 9781785216688
    Title: Build Your Own Gaming PC
    Author: BARNES ADAM

    This updated edition of the Build Your Own Gaming PC Manual will help readers get the performance they want on a budget they can afford. Whether you want the cutting-edge technology or are just interested in streaming video for playing the latest hit games, readers will find the guidance needed to make their perfect PC a reality. Regardless of if they are looking to upgrade an existing computer or build a new one from scratch, they'll be able to play the newest games in style and be ready to face the challenges of next year's hottest titles. The new edition includes information on virtual reality, along with all the latest software, accessories and video technology.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Coders: Who They Are, What They Think & How They Are Changing Our World
    Coders: Who They Are, What They Think & How They Are Changing Our World
    ISBN: 9781529019001
    Title: Coders: Who They Are, What They Think & How They Are Changing Our World
    Author: THOMPSON CLIVE


    'Masterful . . . [Thompson] illuminates both the fascinating coders and the bewildering technological forces that are transforming the world in which we live.' David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z


    Facebook's algorithms shaping the news. Uber's cars flocking the streets. Revolution on Twitter and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of computer code. Coders - software programmers - are the people who built it for us. And yet their worlds and minds are little known to outsiders.


    In Coders, Wired columnist Clive Thompson presents a brilliantly original anthropological reckoning with the most influential tribe in today's world, interrogating who they are, how they think, what they value, what qualifies as greatness in their world, and what should give us pause.


    One of the most prominent journalists writing on technology today, Clive Thompson takes us into the minds of coders, the most quietly influential people on the planet, in a journey into the heart of the machine - and the men and women who made it.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • Deep Fakes & the Infocalypse
    Deep Fakes & the Infocalypse
    ISBN: 9781913183523
    Title: Deep Fakes & the Infocalypse
    Author: SCHICK NINA

    It will soon be impossible to tell what is real and what is fake.

    Recent advances in AI mean that by scanning images of a person (for example using Facebook), a powerful machine learning system can create new video images and place them in scenarios and situations which never actually happened. When combined with powerful voice AI, the results are utterly convincing.

    So-called 'Deep Fakes' are not only a real threat for democracy but they take the manipulation of voters to new levels. They will also affect ordinary people. This crisis of misinformation we are facing has been dubbed the 'Infocalypse'.

    Using her expertise from working in the field, Nina Schick reveals shocking examples of Deep Fakery and explains the dangerous political consequences of the Infocalypse, both in terms of national security and what it means for public trust in politics. She also unveils what it means for us as individuals, how Deep Fakes will be used to intimidate and to silence, for revenge and fraud, and how unprepared governments and tech companies are.

    As a political advisor to select technology firms, Schick tells us what we need to do to prepare and protect ourselves. Too often we build the cool technology and ignore what bad guys can do with it before we start playing catch-up. But when it comes to Deep Fakes, we urgently need to be on the front foot.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • 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.


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    '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



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  • Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry
    Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry
    ISBN: 9781538754184
    Title: Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry
    Author: POLFELDT DAVID

    The inside story of the booming video game industry from the late 1990s to the present, as told by the Managing Director of Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment (The Division, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations).
    At Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft studio, a key division of one of the largest, most influential companies in gaming, Managing Director Polfeldt has had a hand in some of the biggest video game franchises of today, from Assassin's Creed to Far Cry to Tom Clancy's The Division, the fastest-selling new series this generation which revitalized the Clancy brand in gaming.

    In The Dream Architects, Polfeldt charts his course through a charmed, idiosyncratic career which began at the dawn of the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox era -- from successfully pitching an Avatar game to James Cameron that will digitally create all of Pandora to enduring a week-long survivalist camp in the Scandinavian forest to better understand the post-apocalyptic future of The Division.

    Along the way, Polfeldt ruminates on how the video game industry has grown and changed, how and when games became art, and the medium's expanding artistic and storytelling potential. He shares what it's like to manage a creative process that has ballooned from a low-six-figure expense with a team of a half dozen people to a transatlantic production of five hundred employees on a single project with a production budget of over a hundred million dollars.
    A rare firsthand account of the golden age of game development told in vivid detail, The Dream Architects is a seminal work about the biggest entertainment medium of today.

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  • Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car
    Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car
    ISBN: 9781982151768
    Title: Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car
    Author: DAVIES ALEX

    Wired editor Alex Davies tells the dramatic, colorful story of the quest to develop driverless cars-and the fierce competition between Google, Uber, and other companies in a race to revolutionize our lives. The self-driving car has been one of the most vaunted technological breakthroughs of recent years. But early promises that these autonomous vehicles would soon be on the roads have proven premature. Alex Davies follows the twists and turns of this story from its origins to today. The story starts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which was charged with developing a land-based equivalent to the drone, a vehicle that could operate in war zones without risking human lives. DARPA issued a series of three “Grand Challenges” that attracted visionaries, many of them students and amateurs, who took the technology from Jetsons-style fantasy to near-reality. The young stars of the Challenges soon connected with Silicon Valley giants Google and Uber, intent on delivering a new way of driving to the civilian world. Soon the automakers joined the quest, some on their own, others in partnership with the tech titans. But as road testing progressed, it became clear that the challenges of driving a car without human assistance were more formidable than anticipated. Davies profiles the industry's key players from the early enthusiasm of the DARPA days to their growing awareness that while this spin on artificial intelligence isn't yet ready for rush-hour traffic, driverless cars are poised to remake how the world moves. Driven explores this exciting quest to transform transportation and change our lives.

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  • 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.

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  • Future Starts Now Expert Insights into the Future of Business, Technology & Society
    Future Starts Now Expert Insights into the Future of Business, Technology & Society
    ISBN: 9781472981509
    Title: Future Starts Now Expert Insights into the Future of Business, Technology & Society
    Author: PRIESTLEY THEO & WILLIAMS BRONWYN

    The future is an uncertain, uncomfortable prospect for employees, employers and society at large. A flurry of unprecedented events have proven that, despite what some politicians and economists may tell us, the future is not set in stone. Instead, it is constantly being shaped and redefined by the everyday decisions of individuals and organizations.
    In light of this uncertainty, The Future Starts Now looks toward the various innovations and technologies that may shape our future. Authors Theo Priestley and Bronwyn Williams have brought together the world's leading futurists to articulate and clarify the current trajectories in technology, economics, politics and business.
    This is a comprehensive history of tomorrow, exploring groundbreaking topics such as AI, privacy, education and the future of work. While the guidance, insight and predictions are fascinating for anyone curious about what the future may hold, the book also functions as an invaluable guide for business professionals looking to steer their career or their organization with foresight and confidence.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $43.00
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  • Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation
    Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation
    ISBN: 9781529304732
    Title: Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation
    Author: ROOSE KEVIN

    "A concise, insightful and sophisticated guide to maintaining humane values in an age of new machines."--The New York Times Book Review
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    "While we need to rewrite the rules of the twenty-first-century economy, Kevin's book is a great look at how people can do this on a personal level to always put humanity first."--Andrew Yang

    You are being automated.
    &
    After decades of hype and sci-fi fantasies, artificial intelligence is leaping out of research labs and into the center of our lives. Automation doesn't just threaten our jobs. It shapes our entire human experience, with AI and algorithms influencing the TV shows we watch, the music we listen to, the beliefs we hold, and the relationships we form.
    &
    And while the age-old debate over whether automation will destroy jobs rages on, an even more important question is being ignored:
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    How can we be happy, successful humans in a world that is increasingly built by and for machines?
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    In Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose lays out a hopeful, pragmatic vision for how humans can survive in the machine age. He shares the secrets of people and organizations that have thrived during periods of technological change, and explains how we can protect our own futures. He shares the secrets of people and organizations that have survived technological change, and explains how we can protect our own futures, with lessons like
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    * Be surprising, social, and scarce.
    * Resist machine drift.
    * Leave handprints.
    * Demote your devices.
    * Treat AI like a chimp army.
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    Roose rejects the conventional wisdom that in order to succeed in the age of intelligent machines, we have to become more like computers--hyper-efficient, data-driven workhorses. Instead, he says, we should focus on being more human, and doing the kinds of creative, inspiring, and meaningful things even the most advanced AI can't do.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Genius Makers: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, & the Race to Artificial Intelligence
    Genius Makers: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, & the Race to Artificial Intelligence
    ISBN: 9781847942142
    Title: Genius Makers: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, & the Race to Artificial Intelligence
    Author: METZ CADE


    The Genius Makers tells the story of AI from pioneering days to current achievements to future potential. At the same time it takes the lid off what has effectively become an arms race between Google, Microsoft, Facebook and OpenAI, in which Google may be the clear frontrunner at present, but Facebook has shown itself to be both nimble and innovative, and OpenAI, the company recently founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, has made itself the confident upstart of the pack. Each of these companies represents something unique in the development of a technology that offers both extraordinary potential and extraordinary risks. Their personalities and business strategies are already changing the tech landscape in dramatic ways. And they will continue to do so.

    As well as explaining and exploring artificial intelligence and showing how individuals and companies are reaching for it, The Genius Makers also poses serious ethical questions about the technology. Should we even be pursuing it? How will strong AI change humanity? Will it carve out a giant hole in our job market? Are these companies blinded by the riches this technology will bring? Are they forgetting the existential realities of creating machines that behave like humans?

    Written by an expert who has exclusive access to each of these companies - and others who are working in this field - this is a rich, character-driven narrative that captures an extraordinary moment in the history of technology.



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  • 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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    Price: $38.00
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  • How to Talk to Robots: & Why You Should: A Beginner's Handbook to Successfully Navigating a Future Dominated by Artificial Intelligence
    How to Talk to Robots: & Why You Should: A Beginner's Handbook to Successfully Navigating a Future Dominated by Artificial Intelligence
    ISBN: 9780008328207
    Title: How to Talk to Robots: & Why You Should: A Beginner's Handbook to Successfully Navigating a Future Dominated by Artificial Intelligence
    Author: GOLDSTAUB TABITHA

    How To Talk to Robots is the essential guide for women designed to demystify the daunting and male-dominated world of AI. Tabitha Goldstaub brilliantly breaks down these barriers, offering a simple and straight-forward introduction into AI and the enormous benefits of understanding it to navigate towards a successful future.

    With its tech-jargon and perception as a bit of a boy's club, Artificial Intelligence can feel alienating and confusing. But all this is changing.

    There are more women than ever working in AI, and to keep this number growing, you need to learn how to succeed in a world dominated by this new technology.

    In How To Talk To Robots, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of CognitionX Tabitha Goldstaub introduces what is Artificial Intelligence is and why it matters, as well as how AI works and how to make it work for you.

    She also charts the history of AI shining a light on the many unsung heroines, offers insightful practical, as well as bringing together insider interviews from a cross-section of women who use AI in their work including JEANETTE WINTERSON in Storytelling, SHARMADEAN REID in Beauty, MARTHA LANE FOX in Human Rights and JESS WADE in Up-Skilling.

    Whether you're at school, a graduate, or have been working for years, this is your time to make sure AI works for you. How To Talk To Robots is the beginning of your journey.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace
    How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace
    ISBN: 9781529068252
    Title: How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace
    Author: GLAZER ROBERT

    The business world was already gravitating toward virtual workplaces, even before COVID-19 created the largest remote work experiment in history. Suddenly organizations as big as Twitter were learning their employees didn't need an office in order to get great results.This is something Robert Glazer has known for over a decade. In the highly actionable How to Make Virtual Teams Work, Glazer taps into his experience managing a virtual office - and winning twenty "best places to work" awards - while providing leaders with a step-by-step playbook on how to intentionally build a remote workforce and culture by developing core values that provide guidance in hiring talent who works well remotely, creating comprehensive onboarding plans, using technology to communicate and connect with remote employees, and more. This goes way beyond a typical HR strategy book. By employing these specific strategies, leaders can build a remote environment that thrives and make it one of their key competitive advantages.The remote work revolution is here - the leaders who will build the future are the ones who can lead top performing virtual teams. Learn how to build a world-class organization - office no longer required.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Human Compatible AI & the Problem of Control
    Human Compatible AI & the Problem of Control
    ISBN: 9780141987507
    Title: Human Compatible AI & the Problem of Control
    Author: RUSSELL STUART

    Creating superior intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, according to the world's pre-eminent AI expert, it could also be the last.

    In this groundbreaking book, Stuart Russell explains why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to his own species, and lays out how we can change course before it's too late. There is no one better placed to assess the promise and perils of the dominant technology of the future than Russell, who has spent decades at the forefront of AI research. Through brilliant analogies and crisp, lucid prose, he explains how AI actually works, how it has an enormous capacity to improve our lives - but why we must ensure that we never lose control of machines more powerful than we are. Here Russell shows how we can avert the worst threats by reshaping the foundations of AI to guarantee that machines pursue our objectives, not theirs.

    Profound, urgent and visionary, Human Compatible is the one book everyone needs to read to understand a future that is coming sooner than we think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy & Our Health - & How We Must Adapt
    Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy & Our Health - & How We Must Adapt
    ISBN: 9780008277130
    Title: Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy & Our Health - & How We Must Adapt
    Author: ARAL SINAN

    In this brilliant smart-thinking book about the power and influence of social media, Professor Sinan Aral shows how 'hyper-socialization' has profoundly changed us.
    Why does fake news spread faster than the truth?

    Do products and ideas become popular because they are good or because they are rated highly online?

    How does influence actually work and what does it mean to be influential?

    Which strategies and tactics can help businesses survive and thrive in the New Social Age?

    Human beings have always been a social species. We've been communicating and cooperating with one another since the dawn of time. But today, something is different. Over the last decade, we've doused the fire of human interaction with high octane gasoline. We've created technologies that massively amplify the ways in which we interact with one another, automated by machine intelligence that is designed to inform, stimulate and entertain us. Together these technologies constitute what Sinan Aral calls the 'Hype Machine'. Digital platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter are injecting the influence of peers into our daily decisions, driving the products we buy, how we vote and even who we love.

    Packed with original research conducted by Aral and his team, The Hype Machine describes the impact of social media on statecraft, politics, voting, business and public health, and shows us how to adapt our society to the hyper-socialized state the Hype Machine has wrought.

    This is a fascinating book that provides counterintuitive and surprising answers to some of the most hotly debated topics of our connected, digital era, as it impacts society.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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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

    Insane Mode is the astounding story of the most revolutionary car company since Ford, revealing how, under Elon Musk's leadership, it is bringing to an end the era of gasoline-powered transportation.

    Hamish McKenzie, journalist and former writer for Tesla, explores how an unlikely West Coast start-up with an audacious dream to create a new successful US car company, went up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit companies, but also the massive power of Big Oil. Insane Mode is a story of ingenuity and revolution - of how a new world of transportation could change people's lives globally.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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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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    Price: $28.00

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  • Liftoff: Elon Musk & the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX
    Liftoff: Elon Musk & the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX
    ISBN: 9780008445638
    Title: Liftoff: Elon Musk & the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX
    Author: BERGER ERIC

    The dramatic inside story of the first four historic flights that launched SpaceX-and Elon Musk-from a shaky startup into the world's leading edge rocket company. SpaceX has enjoyed a miraculous decade. Less than 20 years after its founding, it boasts the largest constellation of commercial satellites in orbit, has pioneered reusable rockets, and in 2020 became the first private company to launch human beings into orbit. Half a century after the space race SpaceX is pushing forward into the cosmos, laying the foundation for our exploration of other worlds. But before it became one of the most powerful players in the aerospace industry, SpaceX was a fledgling startup, scrambling to develop a single workable rocket before the money ran dry. The engineering challenge was immense; numerous other private companies had failed similar attempts. And even if SpaceX succeeded, they would then have to compete for government contracts with titans such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, who had tens of thousands of employees and tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue. SpaceX had fewer than 200 employees and the relative pittance of $100 million in the bank. In Liftoff, Eric Berger takes readers inside the wild early days that made SpaceX. Focusing on the company's first four launches of the Falcon 1 rocket, he charts the bumpy journey from scrappy underdog to aerospace pioneer. drawing upon exclusive interviews with dozens of former and current engineers, designers, mechanics, and executives, including Elon Musk. The enigmatic Musk, who founded the company with the dream of one day settling Mars, is the fuel that propels the book, with his daring vision for the future of space.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Machine Never Blinks: A Graphic History of Spying & Surveillance
    Machine Never Blinks: A Graphic History of Spying & Surveillance
    ISBN: 9781683962823
    Title: Machine Never Blinks: A Graphic History of Spying & Surveillance
    Author: GREENBERG IVAN & PATTERSON EVERETT

    In The Machine Never Blinks, the story of surveillance is presented from its earliest days, to help you more fully understand today's headlines about every-increasing, constant, and unrelenting monitoring and global data collection. It's a threat to your rights, privacy, dignity, and sanity. This book spans surveillance from the Trojan Horse, through 9/11 and to the so-called War on Terror, which enabled the exponential growth of government and corporate intercepts and databases. It also explains spying as entertainment (reality TV) and convenience (smart speakers). Take a look around... Who's watching you right now?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $44.00
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  • Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can't Think the Way We Do
    Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can't Think the Way We Do
    ISBN: 9780674983519
    Title: Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can't Think the Way We Do
    Author: LARSON ERIK J.


    "If you want to know about AI, read this book...it shows how a supposedly futuristic reverence for Artificial Intelligence retards progress when it denigrates our most irreplaceable resource for any future progress: our own human intelligence."--Peter Thiel

    A cutting-edge AI researcher and tech entrepreneur debunks the fantasy that superintelligence is just a few clicks away--and argues that this myth is not just wrong, it's actively blocking innovation and distorting our ability to make the crucial next leap.

    Futurists insist that AI will soon eclipse the capacities of the most gifted human mind. What hope do we have against superintelligent machines? But we aren't really on the path to developing intelligent machines. In fact, we don't even know where that path might be.

    A tech entrepreneur and pioneering research scientist working at the forefront of natural language processing, Erik Larson takes us on a tour of the landscape of AI to show how far we are from superintelligence, and what it would take to get there. Ever since Alan Turing, AI enthusiasts have equated artificial intelligence with human intelligence. This is a profound mistake. AI works on inductive reasoning, crunching data sets to predict outcomes. But humans don't correlate data sets: we make conjectures informed by context and experience. Human intelligence is a web of best guesses, given what we know about the world. We haven't a clue how to program this kind of intuitive reasoning, known as abduction. Yet it is the heart of common sense. That's why Alexa can't understand what you are asking, and why AI can only take us so far.

    Larson argues that AI hype is both bad science and bad for science. A culture of invention thrives on exploring unknowns, not overselling existing methods. Inductive AI will continue to improve at narrow tasks, but if we want to make real progress, we will need to start by more fully appreciating the only true intelligence we know--our own.



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  • Net Privacy: How We Can Be Free in an Age of Surveillance
    Net Privacy: How We Can Be Free in an Age of Surveillance
    ISBN: 9781742236063
    Title: Net Privacy: How We Can Be Free in an Age of Surveillance
    Author: MOLITORISZ SACHA

    Billion-dollar fines for Facebook. Cambridge Analytica. Edward Snowden. Apps on our smartphones tracking our every move. Privacy may be a defining issue of our age, but it is also one of the least understood. Our digital world confuses what we know about privacy — what is public, what is private. Do old ethical and legal norms apply to new, digital media? How did the conditions of privacy become so uncertain that we are unsure about our own right to privacy? What can protect us from allowing corporations, governments, hackers and insidious websites to know more about us than we want them to? Rigorous and engaging, this book examines the minutiae of our digital lives while drawing on a philosophy of ethical and legal frameworks based on the thinking of philosopher Immanuel Kant. With a firm eye on the cutting edge of digital developments, Sacha Molitorisz outlines a robust model of individual consent. Of urgent importance, this book spells out conceptual and practical steps to ensure our shared future is not dystopian. It shows not only that informed privacy is fundamental to us as individuals, but that in the digital world we need an enforceable regulatory framework to secure our relationships with others and to safeguard our democracies. 'If you undress in front of an open window, it's your own fault. Sacha Molitorisz makes you realise that you're undressing in a glasshouse and your clothes are made of cellophane.' — Shaun Micallef, satirist and ex-lawyer '...[A] comprehensive analysis that offers a much-needed guide to, and thereby hope for, preserving and enhancing privacy, and with it, human dignity and democracy that are otherwise profoundly threatened on numerous fronts...' — Charles Ess, University of Oslo 'Net Privacy is a must-read for regulators, scholars and anyone else grappling with issues around online privacy. It concisely explains how technological innovation has fundamentally reshaped privacy and provides a compelling alternative vision for privacy law and regulation.' — James Meese, RMIT University 'Net Privacy delivers both a call to action, and an action plan, on one of the most important and complex issues of our time.' — Kayleen Manwaring, UNSW 'Written in a highly readable style, and drawing on a rich set of allusions to popular culture and cross-country comparisons, Molitorisz draws on Kantian ethics as a universal measuring stick, providing a prescription for privacy that would shore up our individual and relational autonomy. A much-needed account in troubled digital times.' — Sara Bannerman, McMaster University 'Molitorisz brings an engaging philosophical discussion to the networked complexities of internet privacy threats and abuses in a way that is both attractive and accessible for his readers.' — Tim Dwyer, University of Sydney

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • New History of the Future in 100 Objects: A Fiction
    New History of the Future in 100 Objects: A Fiction
    ISBN: 9780262539371
    Title: New History of the Future in 100 Objects: A Fiction
    Author: HON ADRIAN

    Imagining the history of the twenty-first century through its artifacts, from silent messaging systems to artificial worlds on asteroids.
    In the year 2082, a curator looks back at the twenty-first century, offering a history of the era through a series of objects and artifacts. He reminisces about the power of connectivity, which was reinforced by such technologies as silent messaging--wearable computers that relay subvocal communication; recalls the Fourth Great Awakening, when a regimen of pills could make someone virtuous; and notes disapprovingly the use of locked interrogation, which delivers "enhanced interrogation" simulations via virtual reality. The unnamed curator quotes from a self-help guide to making friends with "posthumans," describes the establishment of artificial worlds on asteroids, and recounts pro-democracy movements in epistocratic states. In A New History of the Future in 100 Objects, Adrian Hon constructs a possible future by imagining the things it might leave in its wake.


    Many of these things are just an update or two away: improved ankle monitors, for example, and deliverbots. Others may be the logical conclusions of current trends--"downvote" networks that identify and erase undesirables, and Glyphish, an emoticon-based language that supersedes the written word. More benign are Braid Collective, which provides financial support for artists, and Rechartered Cities, which invites immigrants to revitalize urban areas hollowed out by changing demographics. With this engaging and ingenious work, Hon leads the way into an imagined future while offering readers a new perspective on the present.



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    Price: $45.00
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  • Next Great Migration: The Beauty & Terror of Life on the Move
    Next Great Migration: The Beauty & Terror of Life on the Move
    ISBN: 9781526626646
    Title: Next Great Migration: The Beauty & Terror of Life on the Move
    Author: SHAH SONIA

    'Rich with eclectic research and on-the-ground reporting, Shah's book presents us with a dazzlingly original picture of our relentlessly mobile species' NAOMI KLEIN'Fascinating . . . Likely to prove prophetic in the coming months and years' OBSERVER'A dazzling tour through 300 years of scientific history' PROSPECT'A hugely entertaining, life-affirming and hopeful hymn to the glorious adaptability of life on earth' SCOTSMANWe are surrounded by stories of people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands in a mass exodus. Politicians and the media present this upheaval of migration patterns as unprecedented, blaming it for the spread of disease and conflict, and spreading anxiety across the world as a result. But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. Far from being a disruptive behaviour, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as necessary as breathing. Climate changes triggered the first human migrations out of Africa. Falling sea levels allowed our passage across the Bering Sea. Unhampered by borders, migration allowed our ancestors to people the planet, into the highest reaches of the Himalayan Mountains and the most remote islands of the Pacific, disseminating the biological, cultural and social diversity that ecosystems and societies depend upon. In other words, migration is not the crisis - it is the solution. Tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through to today's anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future in which migration is not a source of fear, but of hope.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • Nine Algorithms: That Changed the Future The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers
    Nine Algorithms: That Changed the Future The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers
    ISBN: 9780691209067
    Title: Nine Algorithms: That Changed the Future The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers
    Author: MACCORMICK JOHN


    Nine revolutionary algorithms that power our computers and smartphones

    Every day, we use our computers to perform remarkable feats. A simple web search picks out a handful of relevant needles from the world's biggest haystack: the billions of pages on the World Wide Web. Uploading a photo to Facebook transmits millions of pieces of information over numerous error-prone network links, yet somehow a perfect copy of the photo arrives intact. Without even knowing it, we use public-key cryptography to transmit secret information like credit card numbers; and we use digital signatures to verify the identity of the websites we visit. How do our computers perform these tasks with such ease?

    This is the first book to answer that question in language anyone can understand, revealing the extraordinary ideas that power our PCs, laptops, and smartphones. Using vivid examples, John MacCormick explains the fundamental tricks behind nine types of computer algorithms, including artificial intelligence (where we learn about the nearest neighbor trick and twenty questions trick), Google's famous PageRank algorithm (which uses the random surfer trick), data compression, error correction, and much more.

    These revolutionary algorithms have changed our world: this book unlocks their secrets, and lays bare the incredible ideas that our computers use every day.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • No Rules Rules: Netflix & the Culture of Reinvention
    No Rules Rules: Netflix & the Culture of Reinvention
    ISBN: 9780753553664
    Title: No Rules Rules: Netflix & the Culture of Reinvention
    Author: HASTINGS REED & MEYER ERIN

    Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings reveals for the first time the unorthodox culture behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies

    There's never before been a company like Netflix. Not only because it has led a revolution in the entertainment industries; or because it generates billions of dollars in annual revenue; or even because it is watched by hundreds of millions of people in nearly 200 countries. When Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix, he developed a set of counterintuitive and radical management principles, defying all tradition and expectation, which would allow the company to reinvent itself over and over on the way to becoming one of the most loved brands in the world.

    Rejecting the conventional wisdom under which other companies operate, Reed set new standards, valuing people over process, emphasizing innovation over efficiency, and giving employees context, not controls. At Netflix, adequate performance gets a generous severance and hard work is irrelevant. At Netflix, you don't try to please your boss, you give candid feedback instead. At Netflix, employees never need approval, and the company always pays top of market. When Hastings and his team first devised these principles, the implications were unknown and untested, but over just a short period of time they have led to unprecedented flexibility, speed, and boldness. The culture of freedom and responsibility has allowed the company to constantly grow and change as the world, and its members' needs, have also transformed.

    Here for the first time, Hastings and Erin Meyer, bestselling author of The Culture Map and one of the world's most influential business thinkers, dive deep into the controversial philosophies at the heart of the Netflix psyche, which have generated results that are the envy of the business world. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees from around the globe and never-before-told stories of trial and error from his own career, No Rules Rules is the full, fascinating, and untold story of a unique company making its mark on the world.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00

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  • Privacy Is Power: Why & How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data
    Privacy Is Power: Why & How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data
    ISBN: 9781787634046
    Title: Privacy Is Power: Why & How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data
    Author: VELIZ CARISSA

    'An essential guide to one of the most pressing modern issues.' HANNAH FRY
    'Essential reading for those of us who click 'agree' ten times a day.' JONATHAN WOLFF
    As surveillance creeps into every corner of our lives, Carissa Véliz exposes how our personal data is giving too much power to big tech and governments, why that matters, and what we can do about it.


    Have you ever been denied insurance, a loan, or a job? Have you had your credit card number stolen? Do you have to wait too long when you call customer service? Have you paid more for a product than one of your friends? Have you been harassed online? Have you noticed politics becoming more divisive in your country? You might have the data economy to thank for all that and more.


    The moment you check your phone in the morning you are giving away your data. Before you've even switched off your alarm, a whole host of organisations have been alerted to when you woke up, where you slept, and with whom. Our phones, our TVs, even our washing machines are spies in our own homes.


    Without your permission, or even your awareness, tech companies are harvesting your location, your likes, your habits, your relationships, your fears, your medical issues, and sharing it amongst themselves, as well as with governments and a multitude of data vultures. They're not just selling your data. They're selling the power to influence you and decide for you. Even when you've explicitly asked them not to. And it's not just you. It's all your contacts too, all your fellow citizens. Privacy is as collective as it is personal.


    Digital technology is stealing our personal data and with it our power to make free choices. To reclaim that power, and our democracy, we must take back control of our personal data. Surveillance is undermining equality. We are being treated differently on the basis of our data.


    What can we do? The stakes are high. We need to understand the power of data better. We need to start protecting our privacy. And we need regulation. We need to pressure our representatives. It is time to pull the plug on the surveillance economy.


    Insightful, terrifying, practical: Privacy is Power highlights the implications of our laid-back attitude to data and sets out how we can take back control.


    If you liked The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, you'll love Privacy is Power because it provides a philosophical perspective on the politics of privacy, and offers very practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Rare Metals War
    Rare Metals War
    ISBN: 9781925849325
    Title: Rare Metals War
    Author: PITRON GUILLAUME

    The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth's most precious metals - but they are running out. And what will happen when they do?

    The green-tech revolution has been lauded as the silver bullet to a new world. One that is at last free of oil, pollution, shortages, and cross-border tensions. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book cuts across conventional green thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology.

    By breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence - on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. They are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. China has captured the lion's share of the rare metals industry, but consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or their environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs.

    The Rare Metals War is a vital expose of the ticking time-bomb that lies beneath our new technological order. It uncovers the reality of our lavish and ambitious environmental quest that involves risks as formidable as those it seeks to resolve.


    'The journalist and filmmaker warns against the optimistic belief that technology is the solution ... At a time when many claim to be "citizens of the world" or retreat into naive or hypocritical protectionism, Pitron's book is an attempt to open people's eyes to the consequences of their societal choices and lifestyles.'
    -Green European Journal

    'French Writer and analyst Guillaume Pitron warns about growing reliance on rare-earth metal - which are necessary to build high-tech products ... He shines a light on "the untold story" of the energy and digital transitions.'
    -European Scientist

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Right/Wrong How Technology Transforms Our Ethics
    Right/Wrong How Technology Transforms Our Ethics
    ISBN: 9780262044424
    Title: Right/Wrong How Technology Transforms Our Ethics
    Author: ENRIQUEZ JUAN

    From the TED stage to the page, Juan Enriquez, author of& As the Future Catches You& and& Evolving Ourselves, presents a lively and engaging guide to ethics in a technological age.

    Most people have a strong sense of right and wrong, and many of us are not reluctant to argue with someone who disagrees. But when we take an unyielding stand on something we regard as an eternal truth, we forget that ethics evolve over time. What was once broadly acceptable is now completely unacceptable. For example, burning heretics is no longer considered a just punishment. Child marriage is not applauded as a family value. Many shifts in the right vs. wrong pendulum are affected by advances in technology. In Right/Wrong, Juan Enriquez reflects on the evolution of ethics in a technological age.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
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