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.
What gives Friedman’s book a new twist is his belief that upheaval in 2016 is actually far more dramatic than earlier phases. That is partly because of accelerating technological change...
...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.
Long cycled around Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and created an ad hoc map, leaving stakes behind him – a playful work about making a mark. With this unmissable book, Jon Day makes his.
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.
...deep down, as we see what digital technology is doing to behaviour, relationships, crime and politics, we’re also aware that it’s becoming increasingly dangerou...If nothing else, The Cyber Effect should enable us to have a more sophisticated conversation about it.
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.
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.
These minutiae of social and private life are the grist for Scott’s mill, which sometimes grinds exceedingly fine...Underpinning Scott’s cabinet of reflections is, one suspects, a bigger idea. On this evidence, it might be worth waiting for.
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.
Some of the author’s ways of determining knowledge or lack thereof can seem, as he describes some of his results, “arbitrary and puzzling.”...The book reads like an extended game of Trivial Pursuit, featuring some who play very well and many more who play very poorly.
In Goodall’s view this, coupled with other technological advances in managing demand for electricity, heralds an unstoppable switch away from fossil fuels towards green power. He may be wrong but for anyone interested in the future of energy, this book is well worth reading.
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.
...a book whose bland all-purpose title belies the fact that this is a valley account like no other. The first hint that something is different here comes with the dedication: “To all my enemies: I could not have done it without you.”
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.
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.
...Parkin’s book misses its chance to reflect the complexity of the gaming landscape. Death By Video Game presents the video game genre as smaller, simpler and less challenging than it truly is.