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.”
...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.
...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 also continually refers to the published version of the book he is writing, pointing out its similarities to others, ancient and contemporary. And we sometimes have to “unlearn” things we thought we knew—e.g., Gutenberg’s first book was not the Bible but rather a grammar text. A splendid, challenging mixture of information and fun.
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.
Towards the end of this book Scott seems to lose his focus; shifting from forensic descriptions of web-heads’ perceptual and cognitive glitches into lengthier philosophising of the Whither goest thou? form.
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.
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.
...“Chaos Monkeys” is a must-read. It matters...The greatest danger of “Chaos Monkeys” is that it could suffer the same fate as many equally prescient cautionary tales: It is appreciated less as trenchant social criticism and more as a how-to manual.
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.