• System: Who Owns the Internet, & How It Owns Us
    System: Who Owns the Internet, & How It Owns Us
    ISBN: 9781526607256
    Title: System: Who Owns the Internet, & How It Owns Us
    Author: BALL JAMES

    'A fascinating expos of the world behind your screen. Timely, often disturbing, and so important' Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women

    The internet is a network of physical cables and connections, a web of wires enmeshing the world, linking huge data centres to one another and eventually to us. All are owned by someone, financed by someone, regulated by someone.
    We refer to the internet as abstract from reality. By doing so, we obscure where the real power lies.

    In this powerful and necessary book, James Ball sets out on a global journey into the inner workings of the system. From the computer scientists to the cable guys, the billionaire investors to the ad men, the intelligence agencies to the regulators, these are the real-life figures powering the internet and pulling the strings of our society.

    Ball brilliantly shows how an invention once hailed as a democratising force has concentrated power in places it already existed o that the system, in other words, remains the same as it did before.
    'An illuminating and focused guide on who controls the internet and how it controls us. Will change how you see the world' Peter Pomerantsev, author of This is Not Propaganda

    'An excellent summary of how we got where we are, and how we can move forward to build a better internet' Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, & Other Threats of Toxic Tech
    Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, & Other Threats of Toxic Tech
    ISBN: 9780393356045
    Title: Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, & Other Threats of Toxic Tech
    Author: WACHTER-BOETTCHER SARA


    Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask how all these digital products are designed or why. It's time we changed that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases and downright ethical nightmares. Chatbots that harass women. Sign-up forms that fail anyone who's not straight. Social media sites that send messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars.


    Technically Wrong takes an unflinching look at the values, processes and assumptions that lead to these problems and more. Wachter-Boettcher demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use--and demand more from the companies behind them.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind
    Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind
    ISBN: 9780500293829
    Title: Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind
    Author: GAMBLE CLIVE & GOWLETT JOHN & DUNBAR ROBIN


    When and how did the brains of our hominin ancestors become human minds? When and why did our capacity for language, art, music and dance evolve? This pathbreaking book proposes that it was the need for early humans to live in ever-larger social groups over greater distances--the ability to "think big"--that drove the enlargement of the human brain and the development of the human mind. This social brain hypothesis, put forward by evolutionary psychologists such as Robin Dunbar, can be tested against archaeological and fossil evidence.


    The conclusions here--the fruits of over seven years of research--build on the insight that modern humans live in effective social groups of about 150 (so-called "Dunbar's number"), some three times the size of those of apes and our early ancestors. We live in a world dominated by social networking. Yet our virtual contact lists, whether on Facebook or Twitter, are on average no bigger than Dunbar's number.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends
    This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends
    ISBN: 9781526629852
    Title: This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends
    Author: PERLROTH NICOLE

    'Reads like a modern-day John le Carre novel, with terrifying tales of espionage and cyber warfare that will keep you up at night, both unable to stop reading, and terrified for what the future holds' Nick Bilton, author of American Kingpin
    Zero day- a software bug that allows a hacker to break in and scamper through the world's computer networks invisibly until discovered. One of the most coveted tools in a spy's arsenal, a zero day has the power to tap into any iPhone, dismantle safety controls at a chemical plant and shut down the power in an entire nation just ask the Ukraine.
    Zero days are the blood diamonds of the security trade, pursued by nation states, defense contractors, cybercriminals, and security defenders alike. In this market, governments aren't regulators; they are clients paying huge sums to hackers willing to turn over gaps in the Internet, and stay silent about them.

    This Is How They Tell Me the World End
    s is cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth's discovery, unpacked. A intrepid journalist unravels an opaque, code-driven market from the outside in encountering spies, hackers, arms dealers, mercenaries and a few unsung heroes along the way. As the stakes get higher and higher in the rush to push the world's critical infrastructure online, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is the urgent and alarming discovery of one of the world's most extreme threats.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, & the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
    To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, & the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
    ISBN: 9781783781980
    Title: To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, & the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
    Author: O'CONNELL MARK

    "This gonzo-journalistic exploration of the Silicon Valley techno-utopians' pursuit of escaping mortality is a breezy romp full of colorful characters." --New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

    Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our bodies--our capabilities, intelligence, and lifespans--in the hopes that, through technology, we can become something better than ourselves. It has found support among Silicon Valley billionaires and some of the world's biggest businesses.

    In To Be a Machine, journalist Mark O'Connell explores the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you of think of your body as a device. He visits the world's foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death. He discovers an underground collective of biohackers, implanting electronics under their skin to enhance their senses. He meets a team of scientists urgently investigating how to protect mankind from artificial superintelligence.

    Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not just for our offices and homes, but for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm? Addressing these questions, O'Connell presents a profound, provocative, often laugh-out-loud-funny look at an influential movement. In investigating what it means to be a machine, he offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

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  • Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays Conversations in Defense of the Future
    Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays Conversations in Defense of the Future
    ISBN: 9781838951122
    Title: Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays Conversations in Defense of the Future
    Author: KEEN ANDREW

    In a collection of 18 exclusive interviews, Andrew Keen discusses the impact of the digital revolution and possible solutions to the challenges we face today with some of the most influential thinkers of our time.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Twittering Machine
    Twittering Machine
    ISBN: 9781999683382
    Title: Twittering Machine
    Author: SEYMOUR RICHARD

    In surrealist artist Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a diabolical machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation. Leading political writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour argues that this is a chilling metaphor for our relationship with social media.

    Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction-machine. We are users, waiting for our next hit as we like, comment and share. We write to the machine as individuals, but it responds by aggregating our fantasies, desires and frailties into data, and returning them to us as a commodity experience.

    Through journalism, psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, security experts and others, Seymour probes the human side of the machine, asking what we’re getting out of it, and what we’re getting into.

    ‘Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading.’ – Gary Younge, Editor-at-Large, Guardian

    ‘One of our most astute political analysts.’ – China Miéville, author of October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Unified Theory of Cats on the Internet
    Unified Theory of Cats on the Internet
    ISBN: 9781503604636
    Title: Unified Theory of Cats on the Internet
    Author: WHITE E J


    How cats became the undisputed mascot of the internet.


    The advertising slogan of the social news site Reddit is "Come for the cats. Stay for the empathy." Journalists and their readers seem to need no explanation for the line, "The internet is made of cats." Everyone understands the joke, but few know how it started. A Unified Theory of Cats on the Internet is the first book to explore the history of how the cat became the internet's best friend.


    Internet cats can differ in dramatic ways, from the goth cats of Twitter to the glamourpusses of Instagram to the giddy, nonsensical silliness of Nyan Cat. But they all share common traits and values. Bringing together fun anecdotes, thoughtful analyses, and hidden histories of the communities that built the internet, Elyse White shows how japonisme, punk culture, cute culture, and the battle among different communities for the soul of the internet informed the sensibility of online felines. Internet cats offer a playful--and useful--way to understand how culture shapes and is shaped by technology.


    Western culture has used cats for centuries as symbols of darkness, pathos, and alienation, and the communities that helped build the internet explicitly constructed themselves as outsiders, with snark and alienation at the core of their identity. Thus cats became the sine qua non of cultural literacy for the Extremely Online, not to mention an everyday medium of expression for the rest of us. Whatever direction the internet takes next, the "series of tubes" is likely to remain cat-shaped.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, & the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy
    Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, & the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy
    ISBN: 9781612195186
    Title: Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, & the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy
    Author: GRAEBER DAVID

    David Graeber's The Utopia of Rules is an engaging, revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives. Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And is it really a cipher for state violence? To answer these questions, the anthropologist David Graeber - one of our most important and provocative thinkers - traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Ways of Hearing
    Ways of Hearing
    ISBN: 9780262039642
    Title: Ways of Hearing
    Author: KRUKOWSKI DAMON


    A writer-musician examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power.


    Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In this book, Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. In Ways of Hearing--modeled on Ways ofSeeing, John Berger's influential 1972 book on visual culture--Krukowski offers readers a set of tools for critical listening in the digital age. Just as Waysof Seeing began as a BBC television series, Ways of Hearing is based on a six-part podcast produced for the groundbreaking public radio podcast network Radiotopia. Inventive uses of text and design help bring the message beyond the range of earbuds.


    Each chapter of Ways of Hearing explores a different aspect of listening in the digital age: time, space, love, money, and power. Digital time, for example, is designed for machines. When we trade broadcast for podcast, or analog for digital in the recording studio, we give up the opportunity to perceive time together through our media. On the street, we experience public space privately, as our headphones allow us to avoid "ear contact" with the city. Heard on a cell phone, our loved ones' voices are compressed, stripped of context by digital technology. Music has been dematerialized, no longer an object to be bought and sold. With recommendation algorithms and playlists, digital corporations have created a media universe that adapts to us, eliminating the pleasures of brick-and-mortar browsing. Krukowski lays out a choice: do we want a world enriched by the messiness of noise, or one that strives toward the purity of signal only?



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Windows 10 In Easy Steps: Special Edition
    Windows 10 In Easy Steps: Special Edition
    ISBN: 9781840788075
    Title: Windows 10 In Easy Steps: Special Edition
    Author: MCGRATH MIKE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $52.00
    $52.00
  • You Look Like a Thing & I Love You
    You Look Like a Thing & I Love You
    ISBN: 9781472269010
    Title: You Look Like a Thing & I Love You
    Author: SHANE JANELLE


    '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 and Option B


    AI is everywhere. It powers the autocorrect function of your iPhone, helps Google Translate understand the complexity of language, and interprets your behaviour to decide which of your friends' Facebook posts you most want to see. In the coming years, it'll perform medical diagnoses and drive your car - and maybe even help our authors write the first lines of their novels. But how does it actually work?


    Scientist and engineer, Janelle Shane, is the go-to contributor about computer science for the New York Times, Slate, and the New Yorker. Through her hilarious experiments, real-world examples, and illuminating cartoons, she explains how AI understands our world, and what it gets wrong. More than just a working knowledge of AI, she hands readers the tools to be skeptical about claims of a smarter future.


    A comprehensive study of the cutting-edge technology that will soon power our world, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You is an accessible and hilarious exploration of the future of technology and society. It's Astrophysics for People In a Hurry meets Thing Explainer: an approachable guide to a fascinating scientific topic, presented with clarity, levity, and brevity by an expert in the field with a powerful and growing platform.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
    Author: SHANE JANELLE

    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
    $57.00
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