• Samsung Rising: How an Upstart Company from South Korea Overtook Sony & Apple to Become the Worldwide Leader in Technology
    Samsung Rising: How an Upstart Company from South Korea Overtook Sony & Apple to Become the Worldwide Leader in Technology
    ISBN: 9780753554814
    Title: Samsung Rising: How an Upstart Company from South Korea Overtook Sony & Apple to Become the Worldwide Leader in Technology
    Author: CAIN GEOFFREY



    'Shines an incisive and entertaining light into the secretive world of the South Korean technology giant shaping our digital lives in ways we probably can't imagine' -- Brad Stone

    Can the Asian giant beat Apple?


    Based on years of reporting on Samsung for the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and Time from his base in South Korea, and his countless sources inside and outside the company, Geoffrey Cain offers the first deep look behind the curtains of the biggest company nobody knows.


    How has this happened? Forty years ago, Samsung was a rickety Korean agricultural conglomerate that produced sugar, paper, and fertilizer. But with the rise of the PC revolution, Chairman Lee Byung-chul came up with an incredibly risky multimillion dollar plan to make Samsung a major supplier of computer chips. Lee had been wowed by a young Steve Jobs who sat down with the chairman to offer his advice, and Lee quickly became obsessed with creating a tech empire.


    Today, Samsung employs over 350,000 people - over four times as many as Apple - and their revenues have grown 40 times their 1987 level. Samsung alone now make up more than 20% of South Korea's exports and sells more smartphones than any other company in the world. And furthermore, they don't just make their own phones, but are one of Apple's chief supplier on technology critical to the iPhone. Yet their disastrous recall of the Galaxy Note 7, with numerous reports of phones spontaneously bursting into flames, reveals the dangers of the company's headlong attempt to overtake Apple at any cost.


    A sweeping, insider account of the Korean's company's ongoing war against the likes of Google and Apple, Samsung Rising shows how a determined and fearless Asian competitor is poised to take on the giants of the tech world.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tools & Weapons: Promise & Peril in the Digital Age
    Tools & Weapons: Promise & Peril in the Digital Age
    ISBN: 9781529351576
    Title: Tools & Weapons: Promise & Peril in the Digital Age
    Author: SMITH BRAD & BROWNE CAROL ANN


    "A clear, compelling guide to some of the most pressing debates in technology today." - Bill Gates, from the foreword


    From Microsoft's President and one of the tech industry's wisest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.
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    Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: when your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself. Now, though, we have reached an inflection point: Silicon Valley has moved fast and it has broken things. A new understanding has emerged that companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future. And governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation that is impacting our communities and changing the world.


    In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith takes us into the cockpit of one of the world's largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time. These are challenges that come with no pre-existing playbook, including privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of AI, big tech's relationship to inequality and the challenges for democracy, far and near. While in no way a self-glorifying "Microsoft memoir," the book opens up the curtain remarkably wide onto some of the company's most crucial recent decision points, as it strives to protect the hopes technology offers against the very real threats it also presents. Every tool can be a weapon in the wrong person's hands, and companies are being challenged in entirely new ways to embrace the totality of their responsibilities. We have moved from a world in which Silicon Valley could take no prisoners to one in which tech companies and governments must work together to address the challenges and adapt to the changes technology has unleashed. There are huge ramifications to be thought through, and Brad Smith provides a marvellous and urgently necessary contribution to that effort.
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    In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith takes us behind the scenes on some of the biggest stories to hit the tech industry in the past decade. From Edward Snowden's NSA leak to the NHS WannaCry ransomware attack, this book is essential reading to understand what's happening in the world around us.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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
  • Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
    Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780008317881
    Title: Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
    Author: WIENER ANNA

    At twenty-five years old, Anna Wiener was beginning to tire of her assistant job in New York publishing. There was no room to grow, and the voyeuristic thrill of answering someone else's phone had worn thin. Within a year she had moved to San Francisco to take up a job at a data analytics start-up in Silicon Valley. Leaving her business casual skirts and shirts in the wardrobe, she began working in company-branded T-shirts and hoodies. She had a healthy income for the first time in her life. She felt like part of the future.

    But a tide was beginning to turn. People were speaking of tech start-ups as surveillance companies. Out of sixty employees, only eight of her colleagues were women. Casual sexism was rife. Sexual harassment cases were proliferating. And soon, like everyone else, she was addicted to the internet, refreshing the news, refreshing social media, scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Slowly, she began to realise that her blind faith in ambitious, arrogant young men from America's soft suburbs wasn't just her own personal pathology. It had become a global affliction.

    Uncanny Valley is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of our generation's very own gold rush. It's a story about the tension between old and new, between art and tech, between the quest for money and the quest for meaning – about how our world is changing for ever.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 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
  • Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life
    Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life
    ISBN: 9781788401302
    Title: Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life
    Author: ORMEROD KATHERINE


    'Enter Ormerod's vital manual' - Pandora Sykes


    'A statistic-packed investigation into a worldwide phenomenon... It is no exaggeration to say this book is essential reading for anyone' -METRO


    'Who better to help us wade through the muddy waters of the great Insta-sham?' -ELLE



    Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the pressure cooker of comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world. It uncovers how our relationship with social media has rewired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans.


    The book is a rallying cry that will provide you with the knowledge, tactics and weaponry you need to find a more healthy way to consume social media and reclaim your happiness.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • 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 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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