• World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
    World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
    ISBN: 9781101981115
    Title: World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

    Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence.

    Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection--a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success.

    Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science--from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today's Silicon Valley--Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide.

    At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become. There have been monopolists in the past but today's corporate giants have far more nefarious aims. They're monopolists who want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our decision-making. Until now few have grasped the sheer scale of the threat. Foer explains not just the looming existential crisis but the imperative of resistance.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00

  • Write Me a Web Page Elsie
    Write Me a Web Page Elsie
    ISBN: 9780473140427
    Title: Write Me a Web Page Elsie

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Writing on the Wall: Social Media the First 2,000 Years
    Writing on the Wall: Social Media the First 2,000 Years
    ISBN: 9781408842065
    Title: Writing on the Wall: Social Media the First 2,000 Years
    Author: STANDAGE TOM

    Today we are endlessly connected: constantly tweeting, texting or e-mailing. This may seem unprecedented, yet it is not. Throughout history, information has been spread through social networks, with far-reaching social and political effects. Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero's Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation. Standage traces the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of social media over the past 2,000 years offering an illuminating perspective on the history of media, and revealing that social networks do not merely connect us today; they also link us to the past.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • WTF: What's the Future & Why It's Up to Us
    WTF: What's the Future & Why It's Up to Us
    ISBN: 9781847941862
    Title: WTF: What's the Future & Why It's Up to Us
    Author: O'REILLY TIM

    'The man who can really make a whole industry happen.' Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

    'A punchy and provocative book . . . WTF? is an insightful and heartfelt plea, daring us to reimagine a better economy and society.' Financial Times

    Renowned as 'the Oracle of Silicon Valley', Tim O'Reilly has spent three decades exploring the world-transforming power of information technology. Now, the leading thinker of the internet age turns his eye to the future - and asks the questions that will frame the next stage of the digital revolution:

    · Will increased automation destroy jobs or create new opportunities?
    · What will the company of tomorrow look like?
    · Is a world dominated by algorithms to be welcomed or feared?
    · How can we ensure that technology serves people, rather than the other way around?
    · How can we all become better at mapping future trends?

    Tim O'Reilly's insights create an authoritative, compelling and often surprising portrait of the world we will soon inhabit, highlighting both the many pitfalls and the enormous opportunities that lie ahead.

    'Tim O'Reilly has been at the cutting edge of the internet since it went commercial.' New York Times

    'O'Reilly's ability to quickly identify nascent trends is unparalleled.' Wired

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Xero for Dummies
    Xero for Dummies
    ISBN: 9780730363989
    Title: Xero for Dummies

    Get up and running with Xero in a flash

    Xero is fast emerging as the leader of online accounting software around the world, representing a serious challenge to MYOB, Sage and Quickbooks. Xero For Dummies provides you with all the information you need to set up your own Xero account from scratch, convert to Xero from another accounting software provider or start using Xero to its full potential.

    Easy to use and deceptively powerful, Xero is so much more than a spreadsheet - it can help you streamline reporting; manage inventory; simplify accounts; and organise suppliers, customers and more. Automatic imports, intuitive coding and seamless synching across multiple business platforms gets the paperwork done quickly so you can get back to running your business. This new fourth edition includes updates to the interface and coverage of the newest features, including updates on generating reports, working with fixed assets and managing contacts, sales and payables so you can optimise your system to help your business thrive.

    • Fine-tune your set-up, or convert from another accounting program
    • Manage daily activities with contacts, accounts, sales and payables
    • Master weekly and monthly reporting routines
    • Track inventory, monitor your business and get the most out of Xero

    You didn't start your business in order to become an accountant, but bookkeeping is critically important to the short- and long-term health of your company. Xero simplifies the process and saves you time, and Xero For Dummies helps you leverage every feature Xero has to offer.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $46.00
  • You Look Like a Thing & I Love: You How Artificial Intelligence Works & Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place
    You Look Like a Thing & I Love: You How Artificial Intelligence Works & Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place
    ISBN: 9780316525244
    Title: You Look Like a Thing & I Love: You How Artificial Intelligence Works & Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place

    Meet your robot overlords: an "accessible, informative, and hilarious" introduction to the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence (Ryan North).
    "You look like a thing and I love you" is one of the best pickup lines ever... according to an artificial intelligence trained by scientist Janelle Shane, creator of the popular blog AI Weirdness. She creates silly AIs that learn how to name paint colors, create the best recipes, and even flirt (badly) with humans--all to understand the technology that governs so much of our daily lives.
    We rely on AI every day for recommendations, for translations, and to put cat ears on our selfie videos. We also trust AI with matters of life and death, on the road and in our hospitals. But how smart is AI really... and how does it solve problems, understand humans, and even drive self-driving cars?
    Shane delivers the answers to every AI question you've ever asked, and some you definitely haven't. Like, how can a computer design the perfect sandwich? What does robot-generated Harry Potter fan-fiction look like? And is the world's best Halloween costume really "Vampire Hog Bride"?
    In this smart, often hilarious introduction to the most interesting science of our time, Shane shows how these programs learn, fail, and adapt--and how they reflect the best and worst of humanity.
    You Look Like a Thing and I Love You is the perfect book for anyone curious about what the robots in our lives are thinking.
    "I can't think of a better way to learn about artificial intelligence, and I've never had so much fun along the way." - Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
  • Zero Marginal Cost Society: the Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons & the Eclipse of Capitalism
    Zero Marginal Cost Society: the Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons & the Eclipse of Capitalism
    ISBN: 9781137280114
    Title: Zero Marginal Cost Society: the Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons & the Eclipse of Capitalism

    A New York Times bestselling author argues that the Internet of Things, which is making goods and services essentially free due to a nearly zero marginal cost, is causing corporate profits to dry up, property rights to weaken and the mindset of scarcity to give away to the possibility of abundance.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Zucked: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
    Zucked: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
    ISBN: 9780008319007
    Title: Zucked: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

    The New York Times bestseller about a noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who wakes up to the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society - and sets out to try to stop it.&

    If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund's bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. Until he simply couldn't.

    ZUCKED is McNamee's intimate reckoning with the catastrophic failure of the head of one of the world's most powerful companies to face up to the damage he is doing. It's a story that begins with a series of rude awakenings. First there is the author's dawning realization that the platform is being manipulated by some very bad actors. Then there is the even more unsettling realization that Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are unable or unwilling to share his concerns, polite as they may be to his face.

    And then comes the election of Donald Trump, and the emergence of one horrific piece of news after another about the malign ends to which the Facebook platform has been put. To McNamee's shock, even still Facebook's leaders duck and dissemble, viewing the matter as a public relations problem. Now thoroughly alienated, McNamee digs into the issue, and fortuitously meets up with some fellow travelers who share his concern, and help him sharpen its focus. Soon he and a dream team of Silicon Valley technologists are charging into the fray, to raise consciousness about the existential threat of Facebook, and the persuasion architecture of the attention economy more broadly -- to our public health and to our political order.

    Zucked is both an enthralling personal narrative and a masterful explication of the forces that have conspired to place us all on the horns of this dilemma. This is the story of a company and its leadership, but it's also a larger tale of a business sector unmoored from normal constraints, just at a moment of political and cultural crisis, the worst possible time to be given new tools for summoning the darker angels of our nature and whipping them into a frenzy. Like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, Roger McNamee happened to be in the right place to witness a crime, and it took him some time to make sense of what he was seeing and what we ought to do about it. The result of that effort is a wise, hard-hitting, and urgently necessary account that crystallizes the issue definitively for the rest of us.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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