Sharply-written and thought-provoking, “To Be a Machine” is a book that will undoubtedly set your mind to racing and your gears to turning.
This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit. But as Harari would probably be the first to admit, it’s only intelligent by human standards, which are nothing special. By the standards of the smartest machines it’s woolly and speculative.
The celebrated New York Times columnist diagnoses this unprecedented historical moment and suggests strategies for “resilience and propulsion” that will help us adapt...Required reading for a generation that’s “going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.”
Fans will be pleased that other stars such as comedian Grace Helbig make guest appearances, and, like a true role model, Hart uses her platform to raise awareness of the shortcomings of the current U.S. medical system in treating mental health.
...Macaulay’s brilliantly designed, engagingly informal diagrams and cutaways bring within the grasp of even casual viewers a greater understanding of the technological wonders of both past and present.
This is a book that is bravely aware of the limitations of its subject matter’s appeal, which is one of the reasons why it is so appealing.
She convincingly argues for both more responsible modeling and federal regulation. An unusually lucid and readable look at the daunting algorithms that govern so many aspects of our lives.
Exploring the intimate relationships among blackness, womanhood, and 20th-century American technological development, Shetterly crafts a narrative that is crucial to understanding subsequent movements for civil rights.
A persuasive argument about how what conventional wisdom dismisses as “wasting time” is actually time well spent...Goldsmith outlines a future that perhaps offers a hope we can embrace, since a retreat seems impossible.
While sporadically absorbing, “The Cyber Effect,” like the internet, frequently takes things out of proportion and creates hysteria from fragments.
Houston’s fixation with this object is a delight, and his understanding of how history is written and his clear delineation between speculation and established fact are very refreshing.
Glow Kids amply and convincingly documents the potential connections between screen time and a number of mental health conditions including depression, ADHD, aggression, and even psychosis.
Scott quotes Zadie Smith as noting that social media “can enforce uniformity,” shouting us down into a kind of digital sameness that, he adds, “inevitably entails a constricting of personality.” More Adorno than Negroponte but of interest to students of contemporary first-world culture.
For those reading these words on a computer screen or by the glow of an electric lamp, The Grid throws a welcome light onto the the systems of power generation and distribution that make our society possible.
There is enough in Head in the Cloud to convince a heavy Internet devotee that there are dangers to its excessive use. The Internet won’t make us stupid, Poundstone concludes, but it can make us less aware of what we don’t know.
The “switch” is coming. It will probably take 20 years to make a major impact, but we should see the first fruits very soon. This book is the essential guide to this great benign change, although I could have done with some sense of the grandeur of what we are on the verge of achieving.
This book was originally published in England, so Americans will encounter unfamiliar acronyms and an emphasis on Britain’s experience, but Corera casts his net widely and makes it clear that America is the leader in the battle, as well as the most vulnerable. A convincing argument that the most secure way to communicate is via snail mail.
...Chaos Monkeys provides a good window into the life of a startup founder. Some of the best chapters in the book take place in around the orbit of the startup incubator Y Combinator.
Although Raboy at times becomes mired in Marconi’s corporate machinations and personal life, he is especially adroit at portraying how Marconi was swept up in the modern world he helped create.
Not a history of computers but an ingenious look at how brilliant and not-so-brilliant thinkers see—usually wrongly but with occasional prescience—the increasingly intimate melding of machines and humans.